On behalf of the WSO, Prof. Michael Brainin congratulates Thomas Fischer, Angels Project Lead, and his entire team on the successful completion of the Angels Initiative activities during ESOC'19 in Milan. These activities were definitely a unique highlight of the congress and showcased the visibility and the success of the Angels movement.
Having surpassed the initiative's goal of reaching 1,500 stroke ready hospitals by May 2019, the 5th European Stroke Organization Conference (ESOC) marked the end of the beginning for Europe’s Angels Initiative movement, which was formally launched during ESOC 2016. As early as May 20, 2019, 23 Angels Consultants flying in from all over Europe to partake in a strategic workshop focusing on the way forward. One day before ESOC 2019 officially started, the European Angels were invited to join the ESO EAST meeting, where stroke specialists and coordinators from 28 countries convened for a high-level discussion focused on stroke care in Eastern European countries. On May 22, the Satellite Symposium, The Angels Initiative: 3 Years and Counting, gathered almost 1,000 attendants to listen to the six great speakers who hosted the session. During the ESOC'19 Presidential Session, representatives from hospitals which reached the ESO Angels Diamond Status were called on stage to receive their award certificates. The week closed with a series of meetings and workshops conducted with Angels Consultants from Europe and Angels Managers from non-European countries, who reported enormous progress in their regions.
WSO will make every effort to transport the Angels movement into wider areas across the globe as it has already begun doing in South America and will certainly do in Southeast Asia.
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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.