Published in the journal The Lancet Neurology, a new article sheds light on the burden of stroke in Nigeria, and on the groundbreaking work of stroke support organisations (SSOs) to try to address it.
SSOs in Nigeria agree that most people in the country do not know what a stroke is, what the risk factors are, or that stroke is a medical emergency. A big challenge is raising awareness of stroke as a condition. From lobbying the government to harnessing the power of social media, and with very limited resources, the SSOs are taking action.
Sarah Belson, our International Development Manager, supports SSOs in Nigeria and was interviewed in the article. She said:
"It is extremely important to highlight both the considerable burden of stroke in Nigeria, as well as the breadth of work that a number of stroke support organisations are doing to reduce this burden. The Stroke Association, in partnership with World Stroke Organization, is committed to supporting the development of stroke support organisations across the world, many of whom face huge challenges due to the level of need and a lack of adequate resources."