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Title: Conceptual framework for establishing the African Stroke Organization.
Austin Authors: Akinyemi, Rufus;Sarfo, Fred;Abd-Allah, Foad;Ogun, Yomi;Belo, Mofou;Francis, Patty;Mateus, M Bettencourt;Bateman, Kathleen;Naidoo, Pamela;Charway-Felli, Augustina;Akpalu, Albert;Wahab, Kolawole;Napon, Christian;Arulogun, Oyedunni;Ebenezer, Ad Adams;Ekeng, Gloria;Scola, George;Hamzat, Kolapo;Zimba, Stanley;Ossou-Nguiet, Paul Macaire;Ademokoya, Julius;Adebayo, Philip;Ayele, Biniyam Alemayehu;Vaz, Deise Catamo;Ogbole, Godwin;Barasukan, Patrice;Melifonwu, Rita;Onwuekwe, Ikenna;Belson, Sarah;Damasceno, Albertino;Okubadejo, Njideka;Njamnshi, Alfred K;Ogeng'o, Julius;Walker, Richard W;Diop, Amadou Gallo;Ogunniyi, Adesola;Kalaria, Rajesh;Sandercock, Peter;Davis, Stephen;Brainin, Michael;Ovbiagele, Bruce;Owolabi, Mayowa
Affiliation: National Stroke Research Institute, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana
Centre for Genomic and Precision Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Blossom Specialist Medical (Neurorehabilitation) Center, Ibadan, Nigeria
Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Department of Neurology, Cairo University Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
Department of Internal Medicine/Neurology, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria
Department of Neurology, Sylvanus Olympio University Teaching Hospital, Lomé, Togo
Stroke Unit, Umhlanga Medical Centre, Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
Department of Neurology, Hospital Américo Boavida-University Agostinho Neto, Luanda-Angola
Stroke Unit, Neurology Division, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa/University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Neurology Department, 37 Military Hospital, Accra, Ghana
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana
Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
Department of Neurology, Bogodogo University Hospital , Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Department of Health Promotion and Education, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Stroke Association Support Network-Ghana (SASNET-GHANA), Accra, Ghana
Stroke Care International, Lagos, Nigeria
The Stroke Survivors Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa
Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Department of Internal Medicine, University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia
Department of Neurology and Stroke Unit, University Hospital of Brazzaville, Congo
Department of Special Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Aga Khan University, East Africa /Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Department of Neurology, College of Health Science, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Central Hospital of Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique
Department of Radiology, University College Hospital; Department of Radiology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Department of Neurology, University Teaching Hospital of Kamenge, University of Burundi, Bujumbura, Burundi
Stroke Action Nigeria, Ime Obi Ogbeoza, Onitsha, Nigeria
Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku- Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria. Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria
World Stroke Organization, Geneva, Switzerland/ Stroke Association, London, United Kingdom
Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique
Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine/Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos, Nigeria
Department of Neurology, Yaoundé Central Hospital & Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Yaoundé, Cameroon; Brain Research Africa Initiative (BRAIN), Geneva, CH/Yaoundé, Cameroon
Department of Human Anatomy, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Department of Medicine, North Tyneside General Hospital, Rake Lane, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK
Clinique Neurologique, C.H.U. Fann, Dakar, Senegal
Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Preventive Medicine, Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria
Issue Date: Jan-2021 2020-02-06
Publication information: International Journal of Stroke 2021; 16(1): 93-99
Abstract: Africa is the world's most genetically diverse, second largest, and second most populous continent, with over one billion people distributed across 54 countries. With a 23% lifetime risk of stroke, Africa has some of the highest rates of stroke worldwide and many occur in the prime of life with huge economic losses and grave implications for the individual, family, and the society in terms of mental capital, productivity, and socioeconomic progress. Tackling the escalating burden of stroke in Africa requires prioritized, multipronged, and inter-sectoral strategies tailored to the unique African epidemiological, cultural, socioeconomic, and lifestyle landscape. The African Stroke Organization (ASO) is a new pan-African coalition that brings together stroke researchers, clinicians, and other health-care professionals with participation of national and regional stroke societies and stroke support organizations. With a vision to reduce the rapidly increasing burden of stroke in Africa, the ASO has a four-pronged focus on (1) research, (2) capacity building, (3) development of stroke services, and (4) collaboration with all stakeholders. This will be delivered through advocacy, awareness, and empowerment initiatives to bring about people-focused changes in policy, clinical practice, and public education. In the spirit of the African philosophy of Ubuntu "I am because we are," the ASO will harness the power of diversity, inclusiveness, togetherness, and team work to build a strong, enduring, and impactful platform for tackling stroke in Africa.
DOI: 10.1177/1747493019897871
ORCID: 0000-0001-5286-428X
Journal: International Journal of Stroke
PubMed URL: 32026763
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Africa
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