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  • A new agenda to build a healthier planet

      A new agenda to build a healthier planet     On September 25th, heads of state, government ministers, religious leaders and civil society representatives will gather at the United Nations to commit to a new set of goals that aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. Once approved, these new goals will guide national, regional and global government policy and investment for the next 15 years.   Among these goals is Goal 3  ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages.” Significantly within this goal there is a new target to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one third by the year 2030.   The inclusion of this target is much needed, given the current and future projected global development burden that NCDs pose. As the world’s number one killer, non-communicable diseases have an impact not just on the lives of individuals but on the prosperity and sustainability of their communities and the world.   NCDs already account for 60% of global deaths and, in low and middle-income countries, the toll is even higher at 80%. Not only are NCDs on the rise in every region of the world, the gap between stroke risk in high-income countries and low- to middle-income countries is widening. The latest data shows a 12% increase in LMICs and a 12% decrease in HIC.  While NCDs have in the past been referred to as ‘diseases of wealth’ this is no longer the case, Africa is expected to experience a 27% increase in NCD burden by 2030 and while in developed countries stroke incidence has declined, stroke incidence rates in low to middle income countries have increased exponentially. For countries already struggling with the ‘triple whammy’ of limited healthcare resources, precarious public healthcare systems and a high burden of infectious disease, the need for concerted and targeted action is clear.   The World Stroke Organization, the world’s only global body with a focus solely on stroke, has been involved in deliberations to forge this new global health agenda and welcomes the inclusion of NCDs in development targets as a key development issue.   ‘There is good evidence that targets have played a strong part in significantly reducing the prevalence and burden of diseases such as polio, malaria and HIV over the past 15 years’ said WSO President Stephen Davis. ‘However, there is also awareness that MDG targets have played a part in skewing service provision and diverting resources in ways that aren’t always helpful in addressing overall community health needs.’   ‘Going forward it is crucial that we learn lessons and work across disease groups to address fundamental prevention and health system strengthening because this is will bring benefits for everyone– including people at risk of stroke’.   This is why the WSO, as well as identifying key success factors in reducing the burden of stroke and advocating for quality stroke services for all, works as part of the NCD Alliance.  ‘Working as part of this coalition, we can contribute to a coordinated strategy to deliver prevention approaches that will deliver gains for cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. We can also raise broader awareness of the links between stroke and other NCDs, including for example dementia and diabetes. Working this way WSO can take a leading role in reducing the global burden of stroke as well as delivering a world that is healthier and more sustainable for everyone.’   WSO leadership will be in New York for the UN General Assembly from Sept 25-27th. An update on their engagements, inputs and impressions will be published in the next WSO newsletter.  
  • Informal Roundtable Discussion: Stroke Support Organisations

    If you are concerned about the state of stroke support in your country  SAVE the DATE! Name: Informal Roundtable Discussion: Stroke Support Organisations Category: Pre-congress event, open to all Date: 2nd October 2015, 8:30-10:00 Location: Shangri-La Perek Room located on the Basement Lobby II floor Description: The purpose of the Roundtable is to raise awareness of the key role that stroke support organisations have in supporting stroke survivors in the community and to share information on creating and developing them.    
  • Countdown to World Stroke Day 2015!

      The countdown to World Stroke Day 2015 continues!  We want all of our amazing supporters to share their plans for October 29th on the World Stroke Campaign website.  Please do share your World Stroke Day plans with us, whether they involve a few people, or thousands. As well as appearing on our website, we will be delighted to share your plans on our social media channels. We already have events registered in China, Ghana, Nigeria, UK and USA. You can find out more about plans in these countries here We would love it if you would share our video of WSD highlights on your Facebook and twitter pages (#WSD2015). You can of course include details of your own events in the message to drum up local engagement in your own stroke event. We have translated the video in a range of languages to help you get the message out. English French Portuguese Chinese Simplified  Arabic     
  • WSO Newsletter - August 2015

    To read the latest WSO Newsletter, click here

wsa logo color 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, elerning 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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