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The World Stroke Organization’s Official Relations status with the World Health Organization (WHO) was renewed following a review by the 142nd session of the Executive Board on 26 January 2018.

According to WHO, “Official relations” is a privilege granted “to nongovernmental organizations, international business associations and philanthropic foundations that have had and continue to have a sustained and systematic engagement in the interest of the Organization. The aims and activities of all these entities shall be in conformity with the spirit, purposes and principles of WHO’s Constitution, and they shall contribute significantly to the advancement of public health.”

The inclusion of WSO among the dramatically shortened number of professional NGOs at WHO is particularly helpful in stabilizing and facilitating ongoing projects, which include stroke surveillance, the production of stroke awareness material for the public, the development of combined sessions and symposia at international conferences, and involvement in WHO campaigns to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

We look forward to continuing to work closely with WHO to reduce the global burden of stroke through prevention, treatment and long term care.