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The Foundation

Fashina Funmilayo Foundation has been established in memory of Mrs. Funmilayo Khafasat Fashina (1964-2012) who had MSA.

The foundation aims to improve awareness of the condition, support individuals with MSA and their families and support ongoing MSA research.

The Foundation has her help desk at The Movement Disorder Clinic of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos.

Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)

Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects adult men and women.

It is caused by degeneration or atrophy of nerve cells in several (or multiple) areas of the brain which can result in problems with movement, balance and automatic functions of the body such as bladder and blood pressure control.

The Oluwafunmilayo Khafasat Fashina Foundation is a Nigerian based support and information service for people with multiple system atrophy, their families and carers. It also funds research into the treatment and causes of MSA.

The cause of MSA is unknown and no specific risk factors have been identified. Around 55% of cases occur in men, with typical age of onset in the late 50s to early 60s.

The overall prevalence of MSA is estimated at 4.6 cases per 100,000 people.This disease is more common in men than in women, with studies showing ratios ranging from between 1.4:1 to ratios as high as 1.9:1.

MSA usually progresses more quickly than Parkinson’s disease.There is no remission from the disease. The average remaining lifespan after the onset of symptoms in patients with MSA is 7.9 years.

Almost 80% of patients are disabled within 5 years of onset of the motor symptoms, and only 20% survive past 12 years.Rate of progression differs in every case and speed of decline may vary widely in individual patients.

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