During the year SAFE received applications for membership from organisations in Luxembourg, Georgia, Poland and Portugal. France AVC have also applied to rejoin SAFE.

At the General Assembly held on 9th December 2016 in Amsterdam, the following membership applications were accepted: Luxembourg, Portugal, Georgia and France.

LUXEMBOURG: Bletz asbl

The aim of the association Bletz is to help people with a stroke and ensure integration of disabled into society, while improving the living conditions of stroke survivors.

PT.AVC – Union of Survivors, Family and friends, also known as “Portugal AVC

Made up by and with stroke survivors, which are 3 to 5 in the Executive Board, including the President, and present at the General Meeting and the Supervisory Board, and integrating elements from various parts of the country. It was born with the mission to “contribute to the prevention of stroke and (…) to meet the needs experienced by patients stroke survivors, their families, caregivers, and others” (article 3 of the Statute).

GEORGIA: Medical Foundation “Mkurnali”

Medical Foundation Mkurnali (hereinafter called as Foundation) was founded in 2010 by group of Georgian Doctors. The names of founders were: Dr. Mikheil Shavgulidze, Dr. Tamar Janelidze, Dr. Sophia Maglaperidze.
Foundation is an apolitical organization which acts in accordance with Georgian Constitution, Legislation and present charter.


France-AVC (Association of help to patients and stroke patients families), including the National Chairman is Françoise BENON, was created in 1998 with several objectives:

* Inform the public, public authorities and the media about stroke.
* Provide assistance and support to patients and families of stroke patients.
* Assist in the training of doctors and paramedics.
* Help with stroke research.