Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability world-wide.
Stroke systems of care, integrated approaches to stroke care delivery, and the availability of resources for stroke care vary considerably across geographic regions, creating a risk for sub-optimal care. The World Health Organization has committed to efforts to significantly reduce risk factors and mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2025. Mortality and morbidity from stroke could be significantly reduced through organized stroke care, including the implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and adoption of a continuous quality improvement philosophy and programs.
The global burden of stroke is increasing. If current trends continue, by 2050 we can expect about 200 million stroke survivors, and each year thereafter, over 30 million new strokes and 12 million deaths from stroke. This looming future will threaten the sustainability of health systems worldwide. Yet it is preventable, as a substantial proportion of the burden is attributable to risk factors that can be modified.
This roadmap provides the framework for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of stroke services globally. It provides standardization and consistency for the selection of evidence-based recommendations, approaches to implementations in clinical practice, and the calculation of performance measures to create an environment of continuous quality improvement. Read more here
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.
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