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Stroke Support Organizations

Stroke Support Organisations (SSOs) come in a variety of flavours. Some are run solely by stroke survivors, some by healthcare professionals and others by a mixture of people with a professional or personal interest in stroke. At a minimum, most SSOs offer information and advice to stroke patients, but they might also provide peer support, family counselling, rehabilitation therapy or welfare services. Many also engage in wider ranging activities such as awareness campaigning, prevention screening, lobbying for better services, and funding or facilitating stroke research. But despite all this heterogeneity, SSO are united by one common goal: to reduce the negative impact of stroke on individuals, their families and the wider society.

WSO is committed to develop more Stroke Support Organizations (SSOs)

Every country needs Stroke Support Organizations: “The Voice of the Stroke Survivor”


Stroke Support Organizations are Non Governmental Organizations (civil society) that address the concerns of stroke survivors and their caregivers by:
  • Representing their views, and their families’ views on improved stroke care
  • Organizing services and support in the community using trained volunteers with links to professionals
  • Raising awareness about stroke and the need for better resources
  • Sharing experiences in dealing with problems resulting from stroke
  • Providing relevant information to stroke survivors and their caregivers
  • Supporting Government initiatives to help prevent stroke in the first place.

Many Governments listen to SSOs because they are the voice of the stroke patient.


Please email the International Development Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and practical guidance on setting up and growing a Stroke Support Organisation