Health October 29, 2019
World Stroke Organisation announces global strategy to cut stroke rates

By Fabian Sutch-Daggett - World Healthcare Journal

This year, an estimated 14.5m people will suffer a stroke - and nearly 5.5m will die as a result. Globally, 80m people have survived strokes.

Stroke survivors face significant challenges in day-to-day life. This includes physical disability, communication difficulties, changes in how they think and feel, loss of work, income and social networks, and many more.

But ahead of World Stroke Day 2019, the World Stroke Organization (WSO) has announced the launch of an ambitious global stroke framework - that works towards achieving the goal of cutting global stroke incidence in half.

Developed by an international network of leading stroke clinicians and researchers, the framework builds on evidenced stroke prevention methods and will focus on applying these across the globe.

Providing a roadmap for health systems and governments that focuses on low and medium risk populations - the framework will improve access to preventive treatment, promote the development of a stroke-trained health workforce, and improve awareness of technologies that support the identification of risk factors and behavioural improvements.

A trial that aims to prove the efficacy and ease of implementation of the WSO strategy is scheduled to be held in Brazil.

WSO President, Professor Michael Brainin, stressed the importance of stroke awareness, and development of new tools to tackle the ever-increasing problem that faces the global population.

“The latest data analysis shows that one in four of us will have a stroke in our lifetime, just 10 years ago that risk was one in six,” he says.

“Stroke is a devastating disease and is a leading cause of disability and death worldwide. It is essential that we act urgently and focus our efforts on where we can have greatest impact on prevention. ”

“We need action at every level, from governments we need policies to address the drivers of stroke such as taxation of diet, alcohol and tobacco. We also need them to invest to ensure access to screening and preventive treatments. ”

“For individuals, we need everyone to understand their risk and to commit to taking the steps they can to prevent a stroke. ”

This year's World Stroke Day #DontBeTheOne campaign aims to raise public awareness of stroke, with a high profile social media campaign, and public information website, www.worldstrokecampaign.org, including a downloadable “Stroke Riskometer” which calculates the risk of stroke which you may face, and provides assistance with lifestyle changes to lower the risk of stroke.


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