I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. 2021 will continue to be a difficult time as world battles the COVID-19 pandemic. The current resurgence in many countries has adversely affected stroke both for inpatients and outpatients. There is a light at the end of the tunnel as vaccines become available, especially for healthcare workers. In 2021, the WSO will continue to strive to improve stroke care around the world and to enhance education. We will strive to continue as many programs as we can and to increase our impact in many areas. This year will mark the beginning of annual stroke conferences and the next is planned as a virtual meeting with some live components at the end of October to coincide with World Stroke Day. Our future leaders program under the able guidance of Christopher Chen, Valeria Caso and Werner Hacke has gotten underway and will continue this year. We continue to work closely with partner organizations around the world and industry to improve stroke care. I look forward to interacting with all of you at least virtually for now and hopefully in person in the not too distant future.
President of the World Stroke Organization
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.