Stroke Action Plan for Europe

Are you involved in the implementation process? The SAP-E Declaration and all other documents as well as latest news about the Stroke Action Plan for Europe are available for download.


In May 2021, Ukraine and Lithuania were the first countries to sign the SAP-E Declaration. This is a huge step towards the implementation of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe. Find out more about Best Practices like this!

SAP-E Statement Videos

Watch the personal statements from Stroke Professionals accross Europe about why the Stroke Action Plan for Europe is so important and how stroke care can be improved.

Essentials of Stroke Care

The Essentials of Stroke Care manifesto was made as a tool for SAP-E and has been endorsed by the European Stroke Organisation. This overview of evidence-based interventions covering the entire chain of stroke care is now available for download.

Stroke Action Plan for Europe SAP-E

SAP-E is the largest stroke project ever undertaken in Europe and will run until 2030.

The Stroke Action Plan for Europe (SAP-E) is a pan-European project, and sets targets for the implementation of evidence-based preventive actions and stroke services until 2030.

It was outlined by the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) in cooperation with the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) to reduce the burden of stroke through improvement of care. SAP-E covers the entire chain of stroke care and was designed by a large group of stroke experts from all regions of Europe.

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Overarching Targets For 2030

Four over-arching targets for 2030 have been identified:

1. To reduce the absolute number of strokes in Europe by 10%

2. To treat 90 % or more of all patients with stroke in Europe in a dedicated stroke unit as the first level of care

3. To have national plans for stroke encompassing the entire chain of care from primary prevention to life after stroke

4. 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


Focusing on seven domains, the SAP-E incorporates the latest scientific research on stroke treatment and prevention as well as the patients’ needs as stroke survivors. Therefore, the entire chain of stroke care was incorporated from primary prevention to life after stroke.

For each of the seven domains, four comprehensive targets, to be reached until 2030, were set.

In addition to the seven domains, improvement projects and implementation initiatives should also focus on research activities and therefore, prioritised research areas for translational stroke research have been identified.

Latest News & Updates

SAP-E Essentials of Stroke Care


This supporting document is now avialable for download.

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SAP-E Chairs in an interview with touchNEUROLOGY


Prof. Hanne Christensen, Dr. Francesca Romana Pezzella and Arlene Wilkie highlight the goals of the action plan and…

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Prof Yuriy Flomin – Ukranian Anti-Stroke Association

Prof Flomin, National SAP-E Coordinator for Ukraine, comments on signing the Declaration for the Stroke Action Plan for…