World Stroke Organization addresses gaps in access to quality stroke care

Geneva, Switzerland, October 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On the occasion of World Stroke Day (29e Oct), the World Stroke Organization announced the launch of a new program that aims to increase access to quality acute stroke care and save lives around the world.

The WSO Stroke Certification initiative is a strategic response to the results of a WHO-WSO survey which found that less than half (49%) of countries could provide evidence-based comprehensive acute stroke care. The survey also identified a huge gap in care delivery between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries. While 91% of high-income countries were able to provide access to specialist care in stroke units, this number was only 8% in low-income countries.

Two of the fundamental markers of quality of acute stroke care are the provision of thrombolysis (removal of blood clots using intravenous medications) and thrombectomy (removal of blood clots using keyhole surgery). Research published by the WSO found that global rates of access to these treatments are 46% and 30% respectively.

“One in four of us will have a stroke in our lifetime, but the majority of people around the world do not have access to effective treatment and care from a stroke centre. On top of that, a lack of effective global prevention strategies has led us to a place where stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability worldwide, with a skyrocketing human and economic cost. said WSO President Professor Mark Fisher. Incoming WSO President and Leading Brazilian Neurologist, Professor Sheila Martins added: “We have the knowledge and the tools that could save millions of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars. Providing quality stroke care isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.

The WSO Global Stroke Guidelines and Action Plan are intended to help institutions and governments implement evidence-based criteria and standards of care developed by the WSO. Initially targeting hospitals in middle-income countries, the program will be launched on November, 1stst with the primary goal of growing the global network of accredited stroke care providers.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. On World Stroke Day, the public, healthcare professionals, stroke survivors, politicians and industry leaders will come together to raise awareness of stroke symptoms and the importance of prompt treatment.

The public can follow the campaign on social media using #Precioustime and help raise awareness by share a clock selfie or by participating in the strokespotter.org online game challenge.

Notes to Editors

I. The World Stroke Organization is the only global organization focused exclusively on stroke. With approximately 3,000 individual members and 100 society members, spanning all regions of the world, we represent more than 55,000 stroke specialists in clinical research and support services. The WSO is in official relations with the WHO and has consultative status with the United Nations.
II. The WSO Stroke certification program builds on the WSO-SIEVC certification program in Latin America and the Caribbean https://www.world-stroke.org/news-and-blog/news/wso-siecv-certification-of-stroke-centers-in-latin-america-and-caribbean
III. State of stroke services around the world https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/17474930211019568
IV. WSO Global Stoke Fact Sheet https://www.world-stroke.org/publications-and-resources/resources/global-stroke-fact-sheet
V World Stroke Day website www.worldstrokecampaign.org

contacts:

Anita Wiseman,
Campaigns and Partnerships Manager, WSO
[email protected]
+447940029444

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Aubrey L. Morgan