Global survey reveals only 35% hospitals worldwide provide life-saving stroke treatment

29 Oct 2021

On World Stroke Day (29 October), the World Stroke Organization (WSO) is calling for urgent action after a survey conducted by the WSO and the World Health Organization found that just over a third of hospitals worldwide provide essential clot-busting medicine, known as tPA. Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) was added to the WHO essential medicines list 2 years ago, but in 65% of hospitals worldwide it is not being administered. On World Stroke Day the WSO is calling for urgent improvement in access to treatment and an increased awareness of stroke symptoms, through their campaign #Precioustime.