The 5th European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC), took place in Milan, Italy, from 22 to 24 May 2019.

ESOC 2019 was attended by more than 5,600 participants from all over the world. Stroke Alliance for Europe had a stand at this important event, providing information on the latest stroke advocacy activities.

One of the highlights of ESOC 2019 was the constitution of the Steering Committee for the “Stroke Action Plan for Europe 2018-2030” implementation, in which SAFE will take active participation, representing the voice of stroke patients from 33 European countries.
SAFE promoted the Stroke Action Plan on its stand, now available in additional seven European languages (French, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian and Greek) with many more translations to come. The Stroke Action Plan’s translation will increase its reach throughout Europe and significantly help stroke support organisations in with their further advocacy work.

Two of the SAFE Board members, Anita Arsovska from North Macedonia and Hariklia Proios from Greece held important lectures as part of ESOC Scientific Programme. SAFE’s President, Jon Barrick, co-chaired a session on the last days of the congress, covering the topic of the burden of stroke in Europe and the Life After Stroke issues.

Apart from the Board members, other SAFE organisations’ members from Turkey, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Portugal and many other countries took active part in the ESOC 2019 programme within their fields of expertise.


Video credits: Turkish Stroke Support Organisation BEYINDER.