Conceptual framework for establishing the African Stroke Organization

Rufus Akinyemi, Fred Sarfo, Foad Abd-Allah, Yomi Ogun, Mofou Belo, Patty Francis, M. Bettencourt Mateus, Kathleen Bateman, Pamela Naidoo, Augustina Charway-Felli, Albert Akpalu, Kolawole Wahab, Christian Napon, Oyedunni Arulogun, Ad Adams Ebenezer, Gloria Ekeng, George Scola, Kolapo Hamzat, Stanley Zimba, Paul Macaire Ossou-NguietJulius Ademokoya, Philip Adebayo, Biniyam Alemayehu Ayele, Deise Catamo Vaz, Godwin Ogbole, Patrice Barasukan, Rita Melifonwu, Ikenna Onwuekwe, Sarah Belson, Albertino Damasceno, Njideka Okubadejo, Alfred K. Njamnshi, Julius Ogeng’o, Richard W. Walker, Amadou Gallo Diop, Adesola Ogunniyi, Rajesh Kalaria, Peter Sandercock, Stephen Davis, Michael Brainin, Bruce Ovbiagele, Mayowa Owolabi

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Africa is the world’s most genetically diverse, second largest, and second most populous continent, with over one billion people distributed across 54 countries. With a 23% lifetime risk of stroke, Africa has some of the highest rates of stroke worldwide and many occur in the prime of life with huge economic losses and grave implications for the individual, family, and the society in terms of mental capital, productivity, and socioeconomic progress. Tackling the escalating burden of stroke in Africa requires prioritized, multipronged, and inter-sectoral strategies tailored to the unique African epidemiological, cultural, socioeconomic, and lifestyle landscape. The African Stroke Organization (ASO) is a new pan-African coalition that brings together stroke researchers, clinicians, and other health-care professionals with participation of national and regional stroke societies and stroke support organizations. With a vision to reduce the rapidly increasing burden of stroke in Africa, the ASO has a four-pronged focus on (1) research, (2) capacity building, (3) development of stroke services, and (4) collaboration with all stakeholders. This will be delivered through advocacy, awareness, and empowerment initiatives to bring about people-focused changes in policy, clinical practice, and public education. In the spirit of the African philosophy of Ubuntu “I am because we are,” the ASO will harness the power of diversity, inclusiveness, togetherness, and team work to build a strong, enduring, and impactful platform for tackling stroke in Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Stroke
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Africa
  • Stroke
  • conceptual framework
  • organization


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