World Stroke Organization
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The World Stroke Organization (WSO) was formed in 2006 through a merger of the International Stroke Society and the World Stroke Federation. After 10 successful years, the organization conducted a strategic plan for the coming years. After 2 workshops held in Kuala Lumpur and Los Angeles, which were externally facilitated by an experienced management consultant, strategic priorities have emerged, including growing a robust organization, increase membership, strengthening our capacity to reduce the impact of stroke, and building awareness and knowledge of stroke. The Board has endorsed a vision for the WSO, A Life Free of Stroke. Our central mission statement remains, To reduce the global burden of stroke through prevention, treatment, and long-term care. The final plan was presented and approved at the European Stroke Organization Conference meeting in Barcelona in May 2016. We also agreed on several important changes of our bylaws, including the changes for the terms of presidency, the roles of President Elect, and Past President.
During the World Stroke Conference in Hyderabad, India, in October 2016, Prof Werner Hacke took over the presidency from Prof Stephen Davis for a 2-year term. In 2018, he will be followed by Prof Michael Brainin.
The World Stroke Congress in Hyderabad, India, attracted >2200 participants and was, according to the feedback of the participants, a major success.
We organized another highly successful World Stroke Day, October 29, 2016. The theme of the 2016 campaign was Stroke is Treatable, and in addition to printed tool kits and print resources (available in 18 languages), this year’s campaign was also supported by a short online video developed to support social media engagement. A total of 94 events were registered on the World Stroke Congress website, with activity taking place in 47 countries—the largest number of participating …