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  • WSO Newsletter - December 2015

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  • Strategic Technical Meeting

    Strategic Technical Meeting on Management of Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke WHO had organised a technical meeting on the management of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in Geneva from October 28th to 30th. Prof Sandercock, Prof Feigin and Prof Pandian represented WSO in this important deliberation. Representatives from various regional offices of WHO, American Heart Association, Hypertension League, World Heart Federation, International Society of Hypertension, Center for Disease Control, etc participated in the meeting. The prominent members included Prof S Mendis, Prof Beaglehole, Prof Ezzati, Dr Freiden, Prof S Yusuf, Dr Perel, Prof R Peto, Prof S Reddy, Prof A Rodgers, Dr Roth and Dr D Wood. The program was arranged by Dr C Varghese and chaired by Dr Krug from WHO. The WHO PEN approach for primary prevention of stroke and other cardiovascular events has been adopted by 40 member nations and will be expanded further. The meeting was stimulated by the finding from a recent WHO survey that there was a large ‘treatment gap’; worldwide 32 million people with strokes and heart attacks do not get medications for secondary prevention of vascular events The meeting therefore was the first step in a process of adding a programme on management of people with acute vascular events to the WHO’s current public health focus on primary prevention in vascular NCDs. It became clear that management of acute cardiovascular disease and stroke events was poor worldwide, especially in low and middle income countries (LMICs). This is therefore the right time to focus on systems of care for acute management of these events. Priority areas identified were the need for: advocacy, systems of care for acute management, steps to close the secondary prevention treatment gaps (but not neglecting prevention in high risk individuals), affordable and easy-to-deliver drugs such as the polypill, simplified risk assessment tools. This activity should be supported by context-sensitive toolkits support the activity, monitor and supervise progress by means of simple indicators. Prof Sandercock talked about the priorities of WSO such as education, training, spreading awareness and improving stroke care services. Prof Pandian gave a talk on the key role of stroke units in the acute management of stroke. He has demonstrated in India, in low resource settings,that stroke units can be simple, adapted to local needs, and built on local resources. Randomised trial evidence further confirms that such stroke units in other LMICs are effective and this model could be adapted and rolled out to many countries.  The meeting identified three targets for the WHO strategy for health system acute management of stroke and MI. These were the need to: a) Raise public awareness of stroke warning symptoms and signs to hasten early recognition and transport of patients to district level hospitals.b) Improved systems for triage the patients both at primary level and district level hospitals. c) Establishment of stroke and coronary care units by reorganizing of existing services. The guidelines developers will work in collaboration with WSO and other key partners, and aim to incorporate the key elements of the WSO Global Policy and action plan. We made a strong plea that WHO, should move away from using the global term CVD and consider instead ‘stroke and heart disease’ in future policy documents (especially since in ICD 11, stroke is now a separate category from other cardiovascular diseases).  
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  • WSO 2016-2020 Presidency Announced

    When it comes to tackling the world’s #2 killer, the Board of the World Stroke Organization has concluded that two heads are definitely better than one. At their recent annual meeting in Kuala Lumpur, board members unanimously agreed that both Werner Hacke and Michael Brainin would share the next four-year Presidential term.  A leading clinician and stroke researcher in the University of Heidelberg’s Department of Neurology,  Prof Werner Hacker, will take over from current President Stephen Davis from October 2016.  Prof Hacke will be supported by Prof Michael Brainin, Chairman of the WSO Education Committee and Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Danube University in Krems, Austria, until October 2018. At this point Prof. Michael Brainin will take on the Presidency, supported by Werner Hacke in his role of Past-President. Stephen Davis welcomed the decision saying,  ‘I would like to warmly congratulate Werner and Michael.  It is wonderful that the World Stroke Organization now has two renowned international leaders in stroke, who will undoubtedly carry the organization to new levels, further increasing our global impact.’ In accepting his new position as President-Elect, Werner Hacke said ‘It is a very exciting time to be leading the WSO. The global community has started to wake up and recognize the global burden of stroke and world leaders have committed to reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases by 30% in the next 15 years.  Making sure that the WSO is a key partner in this effort is going to be crucial to achieving that challenging target.’ President Michael Brainin welcomed the dual Presidency approach  ‘More than ever, we need all hands to work together. The number of people having strokes is on the rise everywhere, but is rising fastest in low and middle-income countries where the human and development costs can be least afforded. WSO is the only global organization with the members, expertise and reach to guide and respond to the challenge of stroke. I sincerely look forward to leading the organization at this exciting time.’ You can find more information about the WSO, its Board, Committees and By-laws in the ‘About Us’ section of the WSO website.

wso play The World Stroke Academy (WSA) is a elearning portal for the World Stroke Organization (WSO). it provides stroke information on a dynamic, and award-winning online, elearning platform for healthcare professionals with an aim to alleviate the global burden of stroke through the education of stroke practitioners worldwide.
The World Stroke Campaign (WSC) provides education and support for stroke survivors, families and healthcare professional involved in stroke treatment, management and rehabilitation. The primary focus of the WSC is the annual World Stroke Day (WSD), promoting stroke awareness to the international community and working towards pushing stroke to the forefront of the global health agenda.
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Through its biennial congresses, the World Stroke Organization (WSO) strives to offer participants opportunities to refine their skills and knowledge in the field of stroke, as well as providing excellent networking opportunities and strengthening scientific collaborations to improve the care of stroke victims throughout the world.
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The International Journal of Stroke (IJS) is the flagship publication of the World Stroke Organization (WSO) and publishes high quality research articles, reviews and clinical trial protocols from around the world. IJS is dedicated to building a global stroke community, making it a global voice for stroke research and an excellent platform for sharing international stroke research.
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