Dear WSO Member,
Thank you for your continuous support of the World Stroke Organization (WSO). Your membership and support is critical to our work and to achieving our shared vision of a world free of stroke.
The 2018 World Stroke Congress in Montreal, Canada was a huge success. The Congress provided a state of the art experience for the 2600 stroke professionals, researchers and policy makers who attended. The unparalleled educational and scientific program covered epidemiology, prevention, acute care and stroke recovery. The preparations for the ESO-WSO Conference 2020 in Vienna, 12-15 May are underway. We expect that the congress will be the largest international stroke conference ever and look forward to seeing you there.
Our cooperation with global partners, essential to accelerating much needed progress, has continued to flourish in 2018. Following on from the establishment of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, we have entered into a mutual membership with the World Heart Federation and the World Hypertension League. At the UN HLM in New York, as part of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, we participated in the launch of the White Paper “Driving Sustainable Action for Circulatory Health” which sets out key actions for policy makers to achieve targeted reduction of CVD and stroke in the context of global development goals.
Throughout 2018 we have seen great progress in raising visibility and building policy commitment to stroke. Our Official Relations status with the World Health Organization (WHO) was renewed. WSO also welcomed WHO’s release of ICD 11, where cerebrovascular diseases form a single block under diseases of the nervous system – a major change compared to the previous classification, in which stroke was placed under diseases of the circulatory system. WSO leadership has raised key issues specific to stroke prevention and treatment at global level, contributing to a series of important meetings including the 71st World Health Assembly, the UN Civil Society Interactive Hearing on Noncommunicable Diseases and the UN High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs.
In 2019, the WSO leadership will be again involved in teaching events and conferences around the world. The World Stroke Academy (WSA) continues to evolve and grow. You can download the app to your smart phone or tablet from Google Play Store and from Apple Store to have constant access to high quality educational material.
Our flagship publication, the International Journal of Stroke (IJS) is contributing to growing understanding of global stroke issues and this year achieved a significant rise of the Impact Factor from 3.314 to 3.859.
As in previous years, on October 29, 2018 we commemorated World Stroke Day. This year our campaign theme was ‘Up Again After Stroke’. We wanted to highlight that with the right care, rehabilitation and support, more people can live well after stroke. Many thanks to all of our members who organized local events or supported the online campaign which continues to reach more and more people each year.
The number of WSO society members has increased rapidly in recent years. With over 80 organizational members, more than 50 of which are Stroke Support Organizations, the WSO now represents well over 50,000 stroke experts worldwide and provides a unifying global voice for professionals, survivors and caregivers.
We are proud of what we have achieved together in 2018 and anticipate that, with your continued engagement and support, 2019 will see us deliver many more achievements on behalf of the global stroke community.
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.