World Stroke Organization
World Stroke Day (WSD) on October 29 is an annual highlight of our global advocacy campaign. The President attended WSD events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in 2013. Vietnam has a population of close to 90 000 000 people with an estimated 200 000 new stroke cases each year. There are currently only 17 stroke units in the country, mainly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In Hanoi, >600 doctors attended the WSD activities, and another 500 doctors attended the program in Ho Chi Minh City. There was extensive mass media coverage of both events and attendance by Vice Ministers of Health. They indicated a commitment to formation of stroke units in rural areas, as well as increasing the numbers in urban settings.
In Myanmar, with a population of 55 million, there are no stroke units, only 25 neurologists in the entire country and the challenges are enormous. Michael Brainin and the President attended WSD activities in the capital, Yangon. The World Stroke Organization …