SAFE Angels Initiative


Surviving Stroke: Helping to improving patient – doctor communication





Sadly, every 30 minutes a stroke patient dies or suffers long-term disability that affects every aspect of day-to-day lifeTo address this issue, Boehringer Ingelheim developed the Angels Initiative to improve stroke outcomes, save lives and reduce long-term disability.  The project aims to build a global community of stroke centres so that all stroke patients can have access to the best treatment in stroke-ready hospitals. For more information please visit 

Surviving Stroke – the SAFE-Angels partnership 

We have partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to provide ‘Surviving Stroke’ materials which is an evidence-based information pack for families and patients when they are admitted to an Angels-supported stroke unit. 

The information-rich brochures help people who have had a stroke understand more about their conditionbe more actively involved in their treatment decisions and learn more about the important next steps to recovery.  The brochures are also positively influencing communication between healthcare professionals and patients.  

“It’s proven great to have these books and be able to use them as a tool for raising awareness of stroke prevention and treatment among patients, caregivers and people interested in stroke.” 
Hrvoje Budinčević 
President of the Croatian Stroke Society / Hrvatsko društvo za prevenciju moždanog udara


The Stroke Association UK has provided the information and the original brochures in English can be accessed here:

Transient ischaemic attack
Next steps after stroke
Supporting a stroke survivor
When you have a stroke
How to reduce your risk

Note: all brochures remain the intellectual property of the Stroke Association UK, translated in accordance with their rules of standardisation and revision policy, assuring high quality, up-to-date material for stroke patients and their families and carers.

“The Angels project and the brochures are helping us to connect patient voices. I see in it the potential for a possible change in the healthcare system. It means in cooperation with Ministry of Health to set up guidelines which will contain uniform information, for what are patients after stroke entitled in social, physiotherapy or speech therapy sphere.” 
Alžbeta Husarovič, President of 

Surviving Stroke brochures available in 12 languages 

The pack of five printed brochures are available in Angels-supported stroke units in the local languageOn this link you can find PDF versions in following languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Cypriot, Georgian, Greek, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian and Turkish.

SAFE Angels Patient Books for Download

The Slovakian brochures were updated in 2023 but they have not been verified by the local SSO. To access the brochures, please click here.

The French, Hungarian, Spanish and Ukrainian we last updated in 2020. To access these languages, please click here.

The Latvian language brochures were last updated in 2018. To access these PDF versions Latvian language, please click here.


“SAFE Angels books offer consistency of messages, availability of the required information and ability to share this information. Apart from health-related information, they offer plenty of beneficial advice and solutions for obstacles that patients and their caregivers face every day. After using these books for two years, we think they have helped patients to improve their knowledge, compliance to treatment, self-confidence and self management after stroke.” 
Maja Bozinovska Smiceska 
President of the Macedonian Stroke Association “Mozočen Udar 


The Angels Initiative has been endorsed by European Stroke Organisation (ESO), the largest European organisation of stroke professionals. 

Find out more about the brochures on the Angels Initiative website