We are pleased to announce that our second in-person European Life After Stroke event website is now live, click here to view. Our registration and abstract submissions are also live.
Our Scientific Committee are in the process of confirming the final programme. Topics that we are likely to include are detailed below, but may be subject to change:
- What does a ‘good’ life after stroke look like?
- Reducing your risk of another stroke
- Practical tips to promote mental health
- Specific topics; managing fatigue and visual problems after stroke
We hope to see you in Dublin on the 11-12 March 2024!
World Stroke Organization Global Policy Webinar
📅 Tuesday 18th July at 13.00 CEST
A global call to action – Increasing thrombectomy access and provision
Moderator: Professor Martin James
Speakers and topics:
1. Dileep Yavagal, SVIN
‘Understanding the global picture from policy to access’
2. Sheila Martins, WSO President
‘Developing stroke systems of care for thrombectomy in low-and-middle income countries’
3. Marc Ribó, Neurologist and Interventionalist
‘Organizing stroke care and measuring the results in a regional level: The experience of Catalonia’
We are very pleased to announce that Romania has pledged to enhance its stroke care by endorsing the Declaration for Action on Stroke and enacting the Stroke Action Plan for Europe.
This is a significant step toward guaranteeing the highest standard of care and support for stroke patients in Romania. (Photo: Minister of Health, Professor Dr. Alexandru Rafila)
To find out more about the Stroke Action Plan for Europe click here
On European Stroke Awareness Day (9 May) we highlight how stroke survivors’ needs are being neglected and suffer as a result.
Our recent report, A life saved is a life worth living – the unmet needs of stroke survivors in Europe, reveals that one in eight stroke survivors has suicidal thoughts, around a third of stroke survivors will become clinically depressed in the years following their stroke and up to a quarter suffer ongoing problems with anxiety.
The report brings together for the first time, research in to over 80 unmet needs of stroke survivors in Europe. It concludes that more should be done to address the needs of the growing number of people surviving stroke.
Please read more here
New data released today from the Stroke Action Plan for Europe Services Stroke Tracker, reveals the gross inequity of access to care and support for stroke patients and stroke survivors across Europe.
The Stroke Action Plan for Europe was launched in 2018, to provide a framework for European governments to improve stroke care and support for all citizens in Europe. As part of this Plan, and for the first time, data from across 36 countries across Europe, covering 12 key areas of improvement, has been collected and is available here [link to the website]. In summary the data shows:
- There is inequity in access to stroke care in Europe and insufficient access to care also in many high-income countries. This is the case for acute care, and to an even larger degree for rehabilitation and life after stroke support.
- National and/or regional data are crucial in planning, organising and documenting access to care; however, such data are lacking or incomplete in the majority of European countries. Most European countries do not have a National Stroke Plan or National/regional registries to monitor stroke care.
- The burden of stroke is predicted to increase but despite this, most countries do not have a plan for primordial or primary prevention.
Professor Hanne Karup Christensen, Stroke Action Plan for Europe steering committee chair: To reduce the burden of stroke in the years to come with its grave effects on individuals as well as societies, governments must prioritise implementing an adequate organization which include plans for primary and primordial prevention, National stroke plans and national/regional registries to monitor quality, outcomes and access to stroke care.
Arlene Wilkie, Director General, Stroke Alliance Eruope: This data released today shows a woeful lack of equitable access to stroke care and support across Europe. This is not good enough. Our governments must do more to prevent stroke, and when they do occur, ensure that every citizen has access to physical and emotional care and support in hospital as well as the ongoing long term support that each stroke survivor and carer needs when they go home. Urgent action is needed by each country to implement and fund a national stroke plan that covers everything from prevention, to acute care, rehabilitation and long term support.
All information can be found here