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Sharecare Ghana is a non-profit association setup in 2007 in Ghana for persons with autoimmune and neurological conditions, and their families and care givers. The organization is based in Accra, Ghana, and has over 250 members, including children, some of whom exhibit a wide spectrum of autoimmune and neurological conditions.

Vision
A society that factors in every person’s condition of health and/or disability, and guarantees their human rights and dignity, and also perceives all its members from a viewpoint of total inclusion, under the laws of Ghana.

Mission
To create awareness of, advocate for and support people with autoimmune and neurological diseases, and promote research into these diseases.

What are Autoimmune Diseases?
Autoimmune diseases arise from an overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the body attacks its own cells.
Autoimmune diseases often don’t show a clear pattern of symptoms and are therefore difficult to diagnose. Symptoms may include numbness, vomiting, loss of body co-ordination, muscular spasms, vision impairment or loss, fatigue, tingling sensation, weight changes, depression, constipation, diarrhea and others. Body organs like the spinal cord, the brain, the optic nerves, the kidneys, the skin etc. can be affected and persons with these diseases may suffer partial or total disability. Examples are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Type 1 diabetes and Graves disease.

 

What are Neurological Disorders
Neurological disorders are diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. In other words, the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles. Symptoms may include partial or complete paralysis, muscle weakness, partial or complete loss of sensation, seizures, difficulty reading and writing, poor cognitive abilities and unexplained pain. Examples are: Alzheimer's disease, Epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Stroke and Cerebral Palsy.

Conditions like Multiple Sclerosis are considered a combination of autoimmune and neurological, and most of the conditions are managed with drugs.

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