I am happy to report on WSO’s most recent activities. Less than a year to go to the ESO-WSO 2020 Congress! The preparations are in full swing and the scientific program is taking shape. Foreseeably, it will be the largest ever Stroke Congress. Already now we know it will see presentations of major clinical trials, state-of-the-art presentations by renowned clinicians and researchers, and updates on the latest guidelines. Additional research meetings and educational initiatives are being planned. ESO-WSO 2020 will take place in Vienna, Austria on 12-15 May 2020.
We are also looking forward to the WSO Regional Meeting in Manila, Philippines to be held on October 5, 2019 in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Stroke Congress. Together with the Philippine Stroke Society and the Asian Pacific Stroke Organization we will participate in a scientific program, an important part of which will be the presentation of the WSO-Angels Regional Initiatives in Stroke. The session will center on the strategy and achievements in the Angels Initiative across the world, with focus on Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar.
The highlight of the meeting will be the giving out of the first-ever WSO Angel Awards. The award’s aim is threefold: to provide practical support to improve stroke care globally, to recognize and promote best practice in stroke care and to share key learning around implementation of quality stroke care. The Run for Stroke campaign, expected to have around 2 million participants, will be aligned with the 2019 World Stroke Day Campaign.
Importantly, in May 2019, the WSO leadership met in Milan to review and update the WSO Strategy and set the organization’s priorities up to 2022. WSO’s mission to reduce the global burden of stroke through prevention, treatment and long-term care was reaffirmed and its achievements in education, global policy and membership growth were highlight. The ever-growing challenges on the other hand, call for a quickly adapting organization, whose activities are guided by four principles: awareness, availability, accountability, affordability. The details of our strategy meeting are currently being put together for a final report and will be included in the next newsletter.
Last but not least, I am proud to invite you to access an read the 2018 WSO Annual Report. It is presented with great gratitude to all those who support us and our cause, and all those who have taken part in the success of our organization.
I wish you a great and relaxing summer.
With kindest regards,
Michael Brainin, President WSO
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.