The World Stroke Organization is the result of a merger between the International Stroke Society (ISS) and the World Stroke Federation (WSF). The ISS was established in 1989 and was initially formed by individual members. The WSF was founded in June 2004 by professional and stroke support societies.
The boards of the ISS and WSF subsequently agreed that there was a need to have the fight against stroke represented by a single voice with broad-based representation from professional individuals as well as professional stroke support organizations. On 29 October 2006, at the World Stroke Congress in Cape Town, the ISS and the WSF were consolidated to form the World Stroke Organization.
The World Stroke Organization (WSO) is the world’s leading organization in the fight against stroke. It was established in October 2006 through the merger of the International Stroke Society and the World Stroke Federation with the recognition that stroke should be represented by a single voice with broad-based representation. The WSO has more than 1200 members from 80 different countries.
The mission of the World Stroke Organization is to provide access to stroke care and to promote research and teaching that will improve the care of stroke survivors throughout the world by:
- Promoting prevention and care of persons with stroke and vascular dementia
- Fostering the best standards of practice
- Education, in collaboration with other international, public and private organizations
- Facilitating clinical research
The WSO works to increase visibility and credibility of its activities among stroke clinicians, research, other health professionals, international professional and stroke support organizations and the general public. This is accomplished through publications, surveys, campaigns, a website and cooperation with other medical and stroke support organizations.
WSO is an international NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Its administrative offices are located in Geneva, Switzerland. The WSO publishes the popular International Journal of Stroke and organizes the biennial World Stroke Congress. The 8th World Stroke Congress will take place on October 10-13, 2012 in Brasilia, Brazil.
There are many regional and national societies that come under the umbrella of the World Stroke Organization.
Download WSO brochure (PDF, 1.3 MB)
For more information, please contact:
World Stroke Organization
1-3, rue de Chantepoulet
1211 Geneva 1