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Title: The Sub-Saharan Africa Conference on Stroke (SSACS): An idea whose time has come
Authors: Owolabi, Mayowa
Sarfo, Fred Stephen
Akinyemi, Rufus
Gebreyohanns, Mehari
Ovbiagele, Bruce
Keywords: Stroke
Sub-Saharan African
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Citation: Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 400 (2019) 194–198
Abstract: Stroke is a leading cause of global morbidity and mortality. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where an unprecedented rise in stroke burden is currently raging, has the highest age-standardized stroke incidence, stroke prevalence, and stroke mortality rates. This is in sharp contrast to the relative decline in stroke incidence in high-income countries over the past four decades through better awareness and control of vascular risk factors. Compared to other groups, Africans tend to have a higher risk of stroke, higher percentage of the hemorrhagic type and much poorer outcomes. Indeed, stroke levies a heavy toll on the developing SSA economy by affecting a relatively younger age group. In this commentary, we examine the disproportionately high burden of stroke in the setting of grossly inadequate resources and evidence-based interventions. We propose an annual pan-regional stroke conference (starting in 2020) to harness global resources and local talent with the goal of galvanizing action to tackle this escalating burden. We anticipate that a successful conference series could become a rallying point for the eventual establishment of an African Stroke Organization.
Description: An article published in Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 400 (2019) 194–198
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13349
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