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  • WSO at the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs - send your Advocacy letter now

    On September 27th, the Third UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs (UN HLM) will take place. This will be the first opportunity to profile and review action on stroke and NCDs within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The HLM is an important rallying point to focus the attention of Heads of State and Government on the urgent need to address stroke as a development and political priority. In advance of this meeting, we have prepared a template letter for you to send to your head of state. We would be grateful if you could complete this template with the following information: a. Name of your country’s Head of State and Minister of Finance, Minister of Development, Minister of Foreign Affairs (copy to Minister of Health) b. Statistics or relevant information about the national/local burden of stroke and prevalence of stroke risk factors including hypertension, tobacco consumption, obesity or insufficient physical activity. Please keep us informed of your activities and send a copy of your letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for our records. A WSO leadership team will attend the event on behalf of our members and we will be providing stroke specific messaging as part of the NCD Alliance #EnoughNCDs campaign. We count on your support and look forward to hearing from you very soon.
  • WSO Participates in UN Interactive Hearing on NCDs

    On the 5th of July the WSO President Werner Hacke and the WSO Chief Executive Maria Grupper participated in a Civil Society Interactive Hearing, convened by the President of the UN General Assembly and WHO, in New York. The hearing was part of the formal preparatory process for the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs due to take place on 27th September 2018. WSO President Werner Hacke and WSO Chief Executive Maria Grupper at the Civil Society Interactive Hearing The event provided an opportunity for civil society and other stakeholders to speak and to submit their recommendations for the outcome of the HLM- It also provided an advocacy opportunity for those outside the UN building to mobilise and call for urgent action from governments in order to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by 30% by 2030. It is clear from current trajectories that unless urgent action is taken now the world will fall far short of this goal. WSO President Werner Hacke spoke at the event, He said that the facts have been known for decades, the solutions are obvious and that there had been  enough time for discussion.  He called for political leaders to finally act on what we know will work to reduce mortality from stroke and other NCDs. The WSO Call to Action for Governments 1) Awareness: Member States must strengthen programs that increase awareness of stroke symptoms, stroke risk factors and prevention, and the consequences of stroke. 2) Access and implementation: We support WHO, NCD Alliance Partners and Member States in their efforts to remove financial barriers to prevention and detection of NCDs through universal health coverage and essential medicines and devices including stroke units and re-canalization treatment as an evidence-based policy; this will allow for implementation of population-wide prevention strategies and access to acute stroke services. 3) Action: We support the WHO and UN Member States in the development of regional and national strategies (such as the HEARTS package and the implementation of WSO Global Guidelines for Quality Stroke Care) to deliver the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, in particular for the reduction of premature NCD deaths by one-third by 2030. Read our full statement here Raising the profile of stroke in NCD discourse  Stroke shares many risk factors with other NCDs, providing a clear rationale and opportunity for us to work in partnership with colleagues in CVD, Cancer, Diabetes, Kidney Disease and others on a common prevention agenda. WSO is an active partner in the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, collaborating to launch a White Paper on Circulatory Health in the environs of the UN HLM in New York. We look forward to sharing the document with our members. WSO is also committed to making sure that stroke isn’t lost in the bigger NCD picture. We are working to increase awareness of the burden of stroke and to improve understanding of the specific treatment and support needs of people who have had a stroke. We are currently finalising a Policy Brief on Stroke and NCDs which will be published and launched by the NCD Alliance. We look forward to sharing this with you and hope that it will support your local advocacy efforts.
  • WSO Newsletter - July 2018

    The July 2018 edition of the WSO Newsletter is now online, please click here to view it.
  • WSO welcomes WHO stroke classification and definition in ICD 11

    The World Stroke Organization has welcomed the recent release by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the ICD 11. The ICD is the global system for clinicians, administrators, and governments to report health statistics at all levels. In the newly released ICD 11, cerebrovascular diseases form a single block under diseases of the nervous system. This is a major change compared to the previous classification, in which stroke was placed under diseases of the circulatory system. Furthermore, the new ICD 11 provides precise definitions of stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases for global use. WSO works to improve stroke prevention, treatment and support globally. It represents over 50,000 stroke experts worldwide and has advocated for the change.  In welcoming the classification, Prof Werner Hacke, President of WSO said ‘By categorizing stroke correctly under diseases of the Nervous System, WHO is supporting global efforts by stroke professionals, survivors and carers to increase public recognition of stroke and to improve access to stroke treatment and care. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, accountable for 14m deaths and 116 DALYs in 2016.  We firmly believe that correct classification will help to save millions of lives and reduce the massive individual and global impact of stroke-related disabilities in years to come. With the world now focused on reducing the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases, this is a timely and important step.’ In recent years, opportunities to improve stroke outcomes have improved due to the development of effective acute stroke treatments such as thrombolytic therapy and thrombectomy. Access to effective acute therapies such as these are contingent upon the early recognition of symptoms from the brain and fast access to appropriately designed stroke treatment facilities with the appropriate neurovascular expertise. ‘Classifying stroke as a disease of the brain is important to facilitate awareness and early recognition, and reporting stroke accurately is instrumental to recognize the true burden of stroke among the spectrum of diseases.’ Said Prof Bo Norrving, Chair of the WSO Global Policy Committee, member of the ICD 11 neurology advisory group and Chair of the working group on cerebrovascular diseases. Stroke and heart disease share most risk factors and several heart and circulatory conditions increase individual risk of stroke. Strokes and TIAs (mini-stroke) are also leading contributors to cognitive decline and dementia. WSO will continue to prioritize clinical and public education on the linkages between stroke and heart disease, dementias and other Non-Communicable Diseases. The Organization already works in close partnership with the World Heart Federation and the World Hypertension League and partners in the wider non-communicable disease space as a member of the NCD Alliance and in the Coalition for Vascular Health. It will continue to advocate strongly for improved primary prevention policy to address common NCD risk factors, as well as for increased and more equitable access to screening and treatment for conditions including hypertension (high blood pressure), atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) all of which are specifically associated with higher stroke risk. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Mia Grupper, Executive Director of WSO on +41 22 906 9129

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 World Stroke Campaign works to raise awareness of stroke prevention, treatment and support. World Stroke Day on the 29th October provides a focal point for the campaign bringing together members, partners and stroke survivors to speak with one voice for stroke across the world

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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Infarct location is associated with quality of life after mild ischemic stroke: Chen Lin

In patients with mild ischemic stroke, small but eloquent infarcts may have devastating effects, particularly on health-related quality of life. Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins, Managing Editor of the International Journal of Stroke spoke to Dr Chen Lin from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago Illinois in the US, who was lead author for the article ‘Infarct location is associated with quality of life after mild ischemic stroke’, recently published in IJS.

This study looks at the association between acute infarct location and 3-month health- related quality of life in patients with mild ischemic stroke.

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