Delivering world class training and education for stroke professionals is a strategic priority for WSO. Alongside preparing for the World Stroke Congress in Toronto this October, there are a number of other educational activities taking place. One such activity is the program Mechanical Thrombectomy (MT) Training Pathways in Low -and -Middle Income Countries. Training and experience in MT increases rates of recanalization, recognized as an important factor to improve clinical outcomes in ischemic stroke.
The growth in the number of Advanced Stroke Centers has increased the need for neuro-interventionalists and teams well trained to treat acute stroke. The MT Training Pathways in Low -and -Middle Income Countries is offered to hospitals and neuro-interventionalists after achieving the Certification of Stroke Center, to reinforce MT skills and the organization of services. In this WSO program, coordinated by Dr Violiza Inoa, a neuro-interventionalist travels to a region and is available 24/7 for a 7 day period. The training week includes lectures regarding stroke triage, MT indications, procedural techniques, and hands-on sessions with flow models. In 2022 this program was implemented in Uruguay and Colombia and in 2023 in Mexico and Argentina. We would like to thank all international and local experts for contributing to this program and to the sponsors (Medtronic, Penumbra, Microvention and Cerenovus).
Other important initiatives are the Global Stroke Alliance Meetings, WSO implementation meetings bringing together the best global initiatives from specialists, health managers, researchers, stroke societies, stroke support organizations and industry, to help in discussions with Health Ministers to create National Plans for Stroke. We will share news of the Global Stroke Alliance Meetings in India (September 6-8) and Uruguay (November 23-25) in future newsletters.
(MT training pathways for low and middle income countries)
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.