Bo Norrving represented the WSO during the UN week in NYC in September. The week started with a social event in Central Park on Sept 22nd, the “Walk the Talk” run which gathered about 3000 persons.
Bo Norrving participated at the NCDA members policy meeting held at the premises of the American Heart Organization in NYC on Sunday Sept 22nd. The meeting provided an excellent update on the upcoming UN week events and NCDA policies. A topic of the discussion was how the urgency in implementing the NCD policies could be reinforced.
The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health gathered for a side event on Sept 24th around 'Exploring solutions for multi-morbidities prevention and control: the case for circulatory health". Bo Norrving was one of the panelists; other participants included David Wood (past WHF President) and Vivekanand Jha (President of the International Society of Nephrology).
Multi-morbidity, the concept under discussion, is core to stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and vascular diseases, which together form a strong cluster along with hypertension driving premature morbidity and disability globally. Multi morbidity, where patients experience several conditions needs to be recognized as a major prognostic factor on its own right and clinicians and health systems need to be able to respond to multiple needs of patients to reduce mortality, disability and improve quality of life. While multi-morbidities are expected to increase largely as a result of demographic change, circulatory diseases share many risk factors and show incredible potential for prevention. This potential provides a strong "glue" that binds partner members of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health in their work towards global health goals.
Bo Norrving presented recent epidemiological data from Sweden, which demonstrates that incidence of first and recurrent strokes can be substantially decreased with effective intervention on risk factors, providing proof of principle that prevention works. The priority now is to ensure that inequalities in access to preventive and acute care are reduced, so that those countries currently experiencing the greatest increase in stroke and circulatory disease - typically LMICs - can get ahead of the curve on prevention.
Multimorbidity and strengthening of the workforces will be themes for future discussions within the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, which will have a next summit in June 2020.
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.