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  • Special Issue: World Stroke Day Edition 2015

    Special Issue: World Stroke Day Edition 2015 October 2015 Volume 10, Issue Supplement A100 Pages 1–168 To read the free articles, please click here
  • Neuroepidemiology publishes latest reports

    The Global Burden of Stroke – Neuroepidemiology publishes the latest reports as a free-access special issue The latest data on the incidence, prevalence, mortality and socioeconomic consequences of stroke at global, regional and national levels have just been published in a special issue of the journal Neuroepidemiology, 'The Global Burden of Stroke'. These papers are offered free to readers worldwide. Global health issues are rapidly moving targets. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project and other studies have demonstrated a shift, within just a few decades, in the patterns of diseases from infectious and nutritional disorders to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as stroke, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease. It has become evident that tackling these NCDs is not only a clinical and public health issue, but also an important challenge for global economic development. In September 2015, the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Summit declared reducing the burden of NCDs considerably by 2030 as one of their 17 global targets. Stroke is now recognized as one of the core diseases in need of prevention, improved management and continued surveillance. (Read more)  
  • Strategic Technical Meeting

    Strategic Technical Meeting on Management of Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke WHO had organised a technical meeting on the management of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in Geneva from October 28th to 30th. Prof Sandercock, Prof Feigin and Prof Pandian represented WSO in this important deliberation. Representatives from various regional offices of WHO, American Heart Association, Hypertension League, World Heart Federation, International Society of Hypertension, Center for Disease Control, etc participated in the meeting. The prominent members included Prof S Mendis, Prof Beaglehole, Prof Ezzati, Dr Freiden, Prof S Yusuf, Dr Perel, Prof R Peto, Prof S Reddy, Prof A Rodgers, Dr Roth and Dr D Wood. The program was arranged by Dr C Varghese and chaired by Dr Krug from WHO. The WHO PEN approach for primary prevention of stroke and other cardiovascular events has been adopted by 40 member nations and will be expanded further. The meeting was stimulated by the finding from a recent WHO survey that there was a large ‘treatment gap’; worldwide 32 million people with strokes and heart attacks do not get medications for secondary prevention of vascular events The meeting therefore was the first step in a process of adding a programme on management of people with acute vascular events to the WHO’s current public health focus on primary prevention in vascular NCDs. It became clear that management of acute cardiovascular disease and stroke events was poor worldwide, especially in low and middle income countries (LMICs). This is therefore the right time to focus on systems of care for acute management of these events. Priority areas identified were the need for: advocacy, systems of care for acute management, steps to close the secondary prevention treatment gaps (but not neglecting prevention in high risk individuals), affordable and easy-to-deliver drugs such as the polypill, simplified risk assessment tools. This activity should be supported by context-sensitive toolkits support the activity, monitor and supervise progress by means of simple indicators. Prof Sandercock talked about the priorities of WSO such as education, training, spreading awareness and improving stroke care services. Prof Pandian gave a talk on the key role of stroke units in the acute management of stroke. He has demonstrated in India, in low resource settings,that stroke units can be simple, adapted to local needs, and built on local resources. Randomised trial evidence further confirms that such stroke units in other LMICs are effective and this model could be adapted and rolled out to many countries.  The meeting identified three targets for the WHO strategy for health system acute management of stroke and MI. These were the need to: a) Raise public awareness of stroke warning symptoms and signs to hasten early recognition and transport of patients to district level hospitals.b) Improved systems for triage the patients both at primary level and district level hospitals. c) Establishment of stroke and coronary care units by reorganizing of existing services. The guidelines developers will work in collaboration with WSO and other key partners, and aim to incorporate the key elements of the WSO Global Policy and action plan. We made a strong plea that WHO, should move away from using the global term CVD and consider instead ‘stroke and heart disease’ in future policy documents (especially since in ICD 11, stroke is now a separate category from other cardiovascular diseases).  
  • New World Stroke Academy portal!

    To visit, please click here:

wso play The World Stroke Academy (WSA) is a elearning portal for the World Stroke Organization (WSO). it provides stroke information on a dynamic, and award-winning online, elearning platform for healthcare professionals with an aim to alleviate the global burden of stroke through the education of stroke practitioners worldwide.
The World Stroke Campaign (WSC) provides education and support for stroke survivors, families and healthcare professional involved in stroke treatment, management and rehabilitation. The primary focus of the WSC is the annual World Stroke Day (WSD), promoting stroke awareness to the international community and working towards pushing stroke to the forefront of the global health agenda.
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Through its biennial congresses, the World Stroke Organization (WSO) strives to offer participants opportunities to refine their skills and knowledge in the field of stroke, as well as providing excellent networking opportunities and strengthening scientific collaborations to improve the care of stroke victims throughout the world.
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The International Journal of Stroke (IJS) is the flagship publication of the World Stroke Organization (WSO) and publishes high quality research articles, reviews and clinical trial protocols from around the world. IJS is dedicated to building a global stroke community, making it a global voice for stroke research and an excellent platform for sharing international stroke research.
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Stroke Support Organizations have a key role in supporting stroke survivors and their carergivers! Below a message of hope and courage from stroke survivors in the form of artwork.


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