Sao Paulo, Brazil acted as host to the 2nd Global Stroke Alliance meeting from 10-13 August 2022. This multi-stakeholder event, co-organized by the World Stroke Organization and Rede Brasil AVC gathered more than 1’000 participants from 26 countries to focus on implementation of best practices in stroke care across the care pathway. Stroke specialists, health managers, researchers, policy makers, and industry came together over four days to discuss implementation of evidence-based public policies and practices for prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation after stroke. The meeting drew seven Ministers of Health representing countries across Latin America to build policy commitment to implementation of evidence-based stroke strategies across the region and to support accountability around the commitments made the first Global Stroke Alliance meeting in 2020. On the first day of the meeting each Minister gave an update regarding the stroke situation in their country and on the progress made since 2020.
The meeting was coordinated by the WSO President-elect Sheila Martins and WSO was well represented at the meeting with several Executive Committee members including President Marc Fisher, Vice. President Jeyaraj Pandian, Co-Chair of the Global Policy committee Valery Feigin and Co-Chair of the research committee Julie Bernard contributing to presentations and discussion.
(WSO President Elect, Sheila Martins, (WSO President, M.Fisher presenting
with Carlos Molina) WSO’s vision, mission, and strategy)
The meeting also provided an opportunity to formally recognize the achievements of the first stroke centre certification program, which were presented to 38 healthcare institutions across Latin America. The certification program developed by the WSO and the IberoAmerican Stroke Society (SIECV) was launched in 2020 and presents a great opportunity to support continuous improvement of services and implementation of high-quality comprehensive care. The certification process is based on the WSO Roadmap for Quality of Stroke Services, which provides an evidence-based framework for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of stroke services globally, regardless of resource setting.
(Recognition of stroke centres who received the
WSO and the SIECV stroke centre certification)
Another highlight of at the Alliance meeting was the WSO Angels Award ceremony. We are pleased to report that the total number of 90 Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were distributed to hospitals in Latin America of the basis of the standard of care being provided by their institutions.
The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive and we strongly believe that these meetings, focused on advocating for and supporting the practical implementation of quality care will continue to have a significant impact in reducing the burden of stroke in the region.
Based on the clear success of the Global Stroke Alliance focus and format for building multi-sectoral engagement in quality stroke care delivery, WSO will be moving on to expand the approach around the world. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in India in September 2023. More information about this meeting will come in the next few months.
Achieving our vision of a life free from stroke is a task that WSO cannot achieve alone. We are committed to building our partnerships at the global, regional and national level to scale up and deliver improvements in prevention, treatment and support to reduce the burden of stroke.