Advocacy priorities are organized around five key themes:
1 Stroke prevention - reducing exposure to stroke risk factors; implementing and promoting motivational mobile technologies; facilitating access to low dose combination medications in one polypill for specific groups and investing in the training and deployment of community health workers.
2 Stroke recognition – improving public awareness of the signs of stroke and the benefits of timely access to quality acute stroke care.
3 Stroke services – ensuring context-specific implementation of its Global Stroke Services Guideline and Action Plan and its companion WSO Roadmap to Delivering Quality Stroke Care throughout the world.
4 Life after stroke - ensuring people affected by stroke have access to neuro-rehabilitation units and when needed to long-term rehabilitation and support that is essential for health, well-being and social participation. WSO invests in and advocates for the meaningful involvement of stroke survivors and caregivers in the development of national, regional and global policy.
5 Action and accountability – WSO calls for bolder actions from both governmental and non-governmental organisations, including taxation from sugar loaded drinks, tobacco and alcohol (STAX) towards improving stroke treatment, prevention and rehabilitation services and to enhance population-based prevention programmes. WSO supports and advocates for the development and delivery of evidence-based comprehensive measures that encompass prevention, acute care, rehabilitation and support.