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Overarching targets for 2030

For each domain of the 2018 to 2030 SAP-E, specific targets are being set, as detailed in the following sections. Beyond these targets, four over-arching targets for 2030 have been identified:

  • To reduce the absolute number of strokes in Europe by 10%
  • To treat 90 % or more of all patients with stroke in Europe in a dedicated stroke unit as the first level of care.
  • To have national plans for stroke encompassing the entire chain of care from primary prevention to life after stroke.
  • To fully implement national strategies for multisector public health interventions to promote and facilitate a healthy lifestyle, and reduce environmental (including air pollution), socioeconomic and educational factors that increase the risk of stroke.

Stroke Action Plan

Background and purpose:

Two previous pan-European consensus meetings, the 1995 and 2006 Helsingborg meetings, were convened to review the scientific evidence and the state of current services, to identify priorities for research and development, and to set targets for the development of stroke care for the decade to follow. Adhering to the same format, the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) prepared a Stroke Action Plan for Europe (SAP-E) for the years 2018 to 2030, in cooperation with the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE).


The SAP-E included 7 domains; primary prevention, organization of stroke services, management of acute stroke, secondary prevention, rehabilitation, evaluation of stroke outcome and quality assessment, and life after stroke. Research priorities for translational stroke research were also identified. Documents were prepared by a working group, and were open to public comments. The final document was prepared after a workshop in Munich on March 21-23, 2018.


The SAP-E provides a basic road map and sets targets for the implementation of evidence-based preventive actions and stroke services to 2030.
It is anticipated that progress towards the targets and research and development priorities laid out in this paper will be reviewed in 2021 and 2024, with a mid-term review scheduled for 2024. The extent to which the targets have been achieved will be reviewed in 2030.

  • Roadmap of Implementation for the SAP-E

    Roadmap of Implementation for the SAP-E

    ESO and SAFE present the roadmap of implementation for the Stroke Action Plan for Europe (SAP-E) – a major initiative to reduce the burden of stroke in Europe

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  • The implementation of SAP-E

    The implementation of SAP-E


    ESO and SAFE kick-off the implementation of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe (SAP-E) – a major initiative to reduce the burden of stroke in Europe


    10.09.2020 Basel – European Stroke Organisation (ESO) and Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) initiated the implementation phase of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe 2018-2030, with a virtual meeting of over 80 experts from 52 countries, each involved within their national scientific societies or stroke support organisations.

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  • Popular version of the European Stroke Action Plan 2018 – 2030

    Popular version of the European Stroke Action Plan 2018 – 2030

    SAFE has published a popular version of the European Stroke Action Plan parallel to the scientific version. SAFE is a non-profit-making organisation that represents a range of stroke patient groups from across Europe. One of their main goals is to rise attention to the whole stroke care pathway. “Life after stroke” as a new domain of the Stroke Action Plan marks an important step forward.


    The popular version of the SAP-E can be downloaded HERE.


    SAFE has also translated the document into French, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Finnish, Turkish, Norwegian, Croatian and Greek, which can be downloaded HERE.

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  • Upcoming events

    Upcoming events

    After the successful Kick-off Meeting for the implementation phase in September 2020, three further roll-out meetings are scheduled:


    11 November 2020 12:00 - 15:30 (CET)

    08 December 2020 12:00 - 15:30 (CET)

    19 January 2021 12:00 - 15:30 (CET)

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  • Action Plan for Stroke in Europe 2018 - 2030

    Action Plan for Stroke in Europe 2018 - 2030

    Europe comes together on how to tackle stroke. We are proud to announce that the Action Plan for Stroke in Europe has been published (online only) in the European Stroke Journal as of today - October 29th 2018. Please find the press release here.

    The Action Plan for Stroke in Europe will be published in the printed December issue of the Europen Stroke Journal.

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