Stroke Action Plan for Europe

The Stroke Action Plan for Europe 2018-2030 is a document created as a result of collaborative work between SAFE and ESO.

Building on the preceding Helsingborg Declarations of 1995 and 2006, the Stroke Action Plan for Europe creates an aspirational framework to drive healthcare policy, research priorities, local stroke management and patient-focused care to meet the need demonstrated in the ESO/SAFE Burden of Stroke report, with €45 billion direct and indirect healthcare costs each year, a 34% increase in strokes by the year 2035 due to the ageing population, and huge variations in the level of stroke care available across Europe.

The implementation of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe started in August 2019. It is steered by a joint ESO-SAFE Implementation Committee. Stroke Action Plan for Europe: Activities of the Implementation Committee.
On this committee, SAFE is represented by Arlene Wilkie, SAFE Director General, Grethe Lunde, SAFE Board Member and Jelena Misita, Awareness and Advocacy Manager. The committee meets regularly and is focused on:
• Mapping national scientific societies, medical societies and stroke survivor organisations
• Developing KPIs to measure the implementation of the plan
• Organising a meeting and a stand at the joint ESO/WSO conference
• Organising a meeting of national scientific societies, medical societies and stroke support organisations in Copenhagen in November 2020

The popular version of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe 2018-2030 can now be downloaded from HERE. This version of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe, initially generously supported by companies Boehringer Ingelheim, BMS-Pfizer Alliance and Ipsen, and it represents a vital document that outlines key recommendations from seven domains covering the stroke care pathway from Prevention to Life After Stroke.

The scientific version of this document is also available starting from today and can be downloaded from the following LINK.

The official language of SAFE is English although for many members this remains a challenge. Beyond SAFE, the language barrier inevitably limits the opportunity to engage and influence others who otherwise might respond to the communication.

With this in mind, SAFE enabled translation of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe (the popular version) to French, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Finnish, Norwegian, Turkish, Croatian and Greek language.

We are thankful to our sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim for funding the translations to French, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Spanish. At the same time, we would like to show our gratitude and appreciation to the Greek support organisation Hellenic Alliance/ Action for Stroke (HAAS), the Finnish Brain Association, the Norwegian SSO Norsk forening for slagrammede, the Turkish stroke support organisation BEYINDER, Croatian Stroke Society and the Ukrainian stroke support organisation Українська асоціація боротьби з інсультом for independently translating this important document at their own cost.

The popular version of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe, initially generously supported by companies Boehringer Ingelheim, BMS-Pfizer Alliance and Ipsen, is a vital document that outlines key recommendations from seven domains covering the stroke care pathway from Prevention to Life After Stroke.

The original Stroke Action Plan is in English, and we are expecting that translating it to ten additional languages would significantly increase its reach throughout Europe. This has a paramount importance for SAFE members’ future advocacy work and influencing of European healthcare policy-makers.

The PDF version of the Stroke Action Plan continued to be promoted through SAFE website and social media in each of the eight languages, together with the English version. These versions can be accessed for download HERE.