World Stroke Day is a signature advocacy initiative of the World Stroke Organization and a principal activity of the World Stroke Campaign. Each year the WSO recognizes organizations and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to raising awareness for the fight against stroke in their communities.
The 2015 World Stroke Day awards were accorded in regards to efforts made in line with current WSO campaign "I am woman." WSO offers laureates an honorary certificate of recognition and a free annual membership. The recipients of the 2014 World Stroke Day awards are the following:
Best Campaign in a Low or Middle Income Country
China: Chinese Stroke Association
The WSO were impressed by the Chinese Stroke Association’s week-long World Stroke Day program and large event displays which tied in well with the “I Am Woman” theme with the added emphasis on improving care of minor stroke. They developed an interesting use of “FAST” in the Chinese language along with positive messages of “Happy Life” to engage younger audiences. The Chinese Stroke Associations reach was impressive in relation to the number of campaigns, media and red bracelet volunteers. They collaborated well with other organizations, physicians and the Chinese government helping their message to reach 123 cities. Congratulations to the Chinese Stroke Association.
Best Campaign in a High Income Country
Finland: Finnish Brain Society
The Finnish Brain Society’s World Stroke Day Blood Pressure campaign drew attention to the important issue of hypertension in women as a risk factor. The WSO were impressed by the campaign reach as it was the biggest blood pressure campaign ever organized in Finland and reached the entire country and had significant government support. The campaign had a good impact and it also fit nicely with the Finnish Brain Society’s long-term organization goals.
Individual Achievement Award
Nigeria: Rita Melifonwu
Rita Melifonwu from Nigeria was recognized for her lobbying efforts to the Federal Ministry of Health (Nigeria) and the Medical Association of Nigerians Across Great Britain to support an MOU with Stroke Action Nigeria to implement national power to a Stop Strokes campaign, including: a stroke assembly conference; stroke services development including a Nigeria Stroke Reference Group; national stroke registry; and a national stroke strategy. She also mentored two female stroke survivors to become Stroke Ambassadors for World Stroke Day in connection with the “I am Woman” theme, and their empowering message reached over 100 million Nigerians through radio, television, newspaper and social media.
Individual Achievement Award
Kolkata, India: Dipes Mandal
Individual Achievement Award recipient Professor Dipes Mandal from India was recognized for his considerable efforts in passionately spear-heading activities of the Stroke Foundation of Bengal which he established, including organizing seminars, conceptualizing the quarterly bilingual stroke Bulletin, raising awareness through social media, developing a stroke documentary, and establishing Stroke Support Groups.