For each domain of the 2018 to 2030 ESAP, specific targets are being set, as detailed in the following sections. Beyond these targets, four over-arching targets for 2030 have been identified:
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 European Stroke Action Plan (ESAP) for the years 2018 to 2030, in cooperation with the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE).
The ESAP 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 ESAP 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.
On October 29, 2018 the Ukrainian Stroke Association with the support of Boehringer Ingelheim in Ukraine launched a Stroke Awareness campaign "Recognize Stroke" to remind people of the key symptoms of stroke and why it is important to call for medical help immediately after they notice any of the stroke symptoms.
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 ESAP can be downloaded HERE.
On the World Stroke Day organisations all over the world focus on pointing out the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raising awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensuring better care and support for survivors. While for many, life after stroke won’t be quite the same, with the right care and support living a meaningful life is still possible.
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.
The World Stroke Organization has chosen this year's World Stroke Day theme to focus on life after stroke and created the social media hashtag #UpAgainAfterStroke.
We know many of our Organisational and Individual members are planning activities in honor of World Stroke Day 2018. Please take a look at the index of WSD Activities organised by ESO Organisational Members by visiting our ESO blog.