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  • 22 July: 2017 World Brain Day devoted to stroke

    Stroke the world’s second most common cause of death – Condition affects 16 million people each year – Benefits of treatment revolution felt differently worldwide – Prevention could add 100 million healthy life years   To mark World Brain Day, held annually on 22 July, the World Federation of Neurology is working, together with the World Stroke Organisation, to increase awareness of stroke this year. Despite revolutionary advances in therapy, stroke is now the second most common cause of death in the over 60s and the second most common cause of disability. Experts are calling for improved prevention measures and better neurological care in all parts of the world.   London, July 2017 – “Stroke is the epidemic of the 21st century,” says Prof Raad Shakir, President of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), explaining the organisation’s decision to adopt “Stroke is a brain attack: Prevent it – treat it” as its motto for this year’s World Brain Day which is celebrated in partnership with the World Stroke Organisation (WSO). World Brain Day was launched by the WFN in 2014 and is dedicated to a different topic every year. The date for this awareness day was not chosen at random: The WFN was founded on 22 July 1957. “We want to use this initiative to help reduce the number of deaths and disabilities caused by stroke,” Prof Shakir says.   Stroke incident somewhere in the world every two seconds 16 to 17 million people worldwide suffer strokes each year, six million of whom do not survive. There are a greater number of stroke-related deaths each year than deaths linked to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria put together. “More than one in ten deaths are attributable to stroke, making this cerebrovascular condition the second-largest cause of death in the world among people over 60. It is also a leading cause of disability,” Prof Shakir concludes. Read more    
  • Update - World Stroke Organization

    We have the pleasure to share with you an article on the World Stroke Organization, which was published in the Stroke Journal. Please click here to read about the World Stroke Organization
  • WSO Annual Report 2016

    The WSO Annual Report 2016 is now online, please click here to view it ! 
  • ICD11 Cerebrovascular diseases

    Dear members of the World Stroke Organization  It is our pleasure to inform you that Raad Shakir and I have received confirmation from the WHO Statistics and Informatics Department responsible for ICD11 of their final decision that cerebrovascular diseases should be placed under Diseases of the Nervous System in the upcoming ICD 11. The decision reverses the erroneous placement of cerebrovascular diseases in Diseases of the Circulatory System held for 62 years since 1955, long felt to be incorrect and of disadvantage for stroke. The change is visible on the ICD 11 website  Your support and advice during this long process has been most helpful and we are most indebted to you all. We also acknowledge the strong support from the Ministries of Health in Russia, New Zealand, and Austria, as well as welcome input from a vast number of professional and lay societies.  We thank the WHO department of Statistics and Informatics, responsible for ICD11 and our Neurology section in the Mental Health department, for their collaboration on the work on the ICD 11. Prof Bo Norrving                                                     Prof Raad Shakir FRCP Member Neurosciences TAG                                   Chair Neurosciences TAG ICD11 Chair Cerebrovascular Diseases Group ICD 11         President Past President World Stroke Organization                World Federation of Neurology

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.
WSC-One-Voice-Logo resizedThe theme for World Stroke Day 2016 is Face the Facts: Stroke is Treatable with the tagline of: Lives can improve with better awareness, access, and action. Stroke can happen to anyone at any age. World Stroke Day 2016 recognizes that although stroke is a complex medical issue, there are ways to significantly reduce its impact.

Montreal, Canada, October 17- 20, 2018
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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