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WSO Activities for SSO

Post Stroke Hobbies

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At the World Stroke Congress in Hyderabad in October 2016, an online exhibition of hobbies of stroke survivors was showcased. 

"A hobby is a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during one's leisure time. Hobbies can include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements."

Many stroke survivors find great solace in taking up hobbies which are also an important activity in rehabilitation following their stroke. We feel an exhibition of the different varieties could inspire and encourage others.


Setting up a Stroke Support Organization

The WSO is committed to supporting and/or expanding stroke supporting organizations (SSO). To assist with this, WSO recently developed a SSO toolkit which offers advice and help to those wishing to set up an SSO in countries where none exist. It also gives guidance on growing a SSO in different countries and contains examples of how organizations across the world have achieved success and growth. The toolkit is currently available in 11 languages. Please click here for more information.

SSO sessions at the World Stroke Congresses (WSC)

In 2016, the Working Conference held at the World Stroke Congress in Hyderabad was very well attended and it provided an opportunity for the SSOs to share their experiences. Attendance and interested in the Working Conference highlighted the ongoing need to build stroke support around the world. Presentations from the 2016 Working Conference are available below: 

Establishing and Growing SSOs Global Lessons - Sarah Belson

Long term models of care for stroke survivors - Sarah Belson

Stroke Campaigns in Canada - Using media to raise stroke awareness - HSF

Singapore National Stroke Associaton (SNSA) - Deidre de Silva


A stroke solidarity symbol

Stroke solidaruty stringA global stroke solidarity symbol was launched in October 2012. This indigo blue string symbolizes the connection between all people touched by stroke, the flow of blood and the healthy function of the brain and body. Wearing the solidarity string signifies empowerment and being united with the stroke community. It is distributed by lead implementing agencies across the world. Does your organization want to become a lead implementing agency? If you would like more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SSO blog

There is an SSO blog on This is a platform where all people involved in stroke support can communicate and share ideas.


A Global Stroke Bill of Rights

A Global Stroke Bill of Rights was launched in October 2014. It calls attention to the global burden of stroke and demands that health policy makers, politicians and other key opinion leaders put the needs of stroke survivors and their carers at the center of today’s healthcare agenda

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In general, the meeting ground of SSO from throughout the world through the WSO has enabled the patient and his family’s voice to become a global one and an integral part of WSO activities.  Services, programs, research participation and publications are only some of the topics shared between the SSO members.