Stroke - a non-communicable disease that attacks 15 million people worldwide every year and claims a life every six seconds – can be beaten.
Here are the facts:
- Regardless of age, stroke can strike anyone at any time
- Stroke can be prevented
- Stroke survivors can regain their quality of life with appropriate care and long-term support
On World Stroke Day, 29 October 2010, the WSO and its members worldwide launched the “1 in 6” campaign. The theme was identified to mirror today’s reality that one in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. With the fight against stroke at a crossroads, WSO members and partners around the world joined in solidarity to put forth a simple life-saving message on World Stroke Day: Do not take chances. One in six people is at risk for stroke – it could be you. Learn the facts. Save a life today. Act Now!
The campaign is asking people to commit to six stroke challenges:
- Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol.
- Be physically active and exercise regularly.
- Avoid obesity by keeping to a healthy diet.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now.
- Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action.
The 2010 to 2012 World Stroke Campaign – “1 in 6” aims to disseminate essential life-saving information and share knowledge about actions and lifestyle behaviors that could avert the assault of stroke. The campaign will also identify opportunities to improve and educate the lay public on the fundamental need for appropriate and quality long-term care and support for stroke survivors, including the empowerment of stroke care-providers.
Further media information will be made available prior to and during the launch of the campaign on World Stroke Day.