The Asia Pacific Stroke Conference 2023 marked a significant milestone as the first full-physical meeting of the APSC since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Held at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks from December 1 to 3, 2023, the conference not only symbolized a return to in-person gatherings but also held special significance as it coincided with the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong hosting the annual event in 2013.
The successful execution of the conference in a physical format highlighted the resilience and adaptability of the medical community in overcoming challenges posed by the pandemic. The choice of Hong Kong as the venue, especially a decade after hosting the event last, underscored the region's commitment to advancing stroke care and research. The conference likely fostered collaboration, networking, and the exchange of knowledge among attendees, contributing to ongoing efforts to improve stroke outcomes and healthcare practices in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
The World Stroke Organization was honored to participate in the conference alongside numerous influential stroke leaders. This provided an invaluable opportunity to reaffirm our dedication to collaborating with APSO (Asia Pacific Stroke Organization) and jointly catalyzing advancements and enhancements in stroke care within the region.
In 2024, the World Stroke Organization will intensify its efforts by expediting the implementation and certification programs across all levels of the continuum of care worldwide. Additionally, a robust global educational initiative will be undertaken to further enhance stroke awareness and knowledge.
We hope to culminate our efforts at the World Stroke Congress in Abu Dhabi, carefully prepared to welcome the global stroke community in October.
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.