About the Initiative
With the mission to “Act FAST for a Stroke Ready India”, the Stroke Summit initiative is a unique effort of multi-stakeholder engagement to drive awareness, education, and advocacy for increasing preparedness for prevention and management of the disease as well as to provide quality stroke care to the victims.
The convention becomes a platform for experts and thought leaders from public health, private enterprises, policy making, and social sector, including the many segments of healthcare ecosystem to come forward and debate various matters related to stroke care for public benefit.
Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and was responsible for an estimated 6.5 million deaths and 113 million Disability Adjusted Life Years in 2013. In India, studies estimate that the incidence of stroke population varies from 116 to 163 per 100,000 population. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research report “India: Health of the Nation’s States”, stroke was the 4th leading cause of death and 5th leading cause of DALY in 2016. On one hand, awareness about the disease is low, on the other hand, India is lacking a stroke ready infrastructure and workforce.
Thought Provoking Sessions
Session 1. Inaugural Ceremony
Making India Stroke Ready: Stroke Burden, Current Realities & Vision
Often confused with heart stroke, there is lack of clarity about the cerebrovascular accident, which is a growing threat to the Indian population. It is estimated that the crude prevalence of stroke ranges from 44 to 559 per lakh persons in different parts of the country. Given the grave situation, the healthcare workforce, from the first responder, paramedics, ambulance staff, primary healthcare professionals to hospital staff, remains highly untrained about ways and means to identify, manage, treat and rehabilitate Stroke patients. The inaugural edition of Stroke Summit will get the conversation rolling on the need for India to be Stroke Ready.
Session 2. The Government’s Perspective of Stroke Care in India – NPCDCS Program
Stroke is an inherent part of the government’s efforts in reducing the burden of disease and disability in the Indian population. However, out of 6.5 million deaths worldwide, two-third deaths occur in developing countries. In India, studies estimate that the incidence of stroke population varies from 116 to 163 per lakh population. Given the context, how well are the government programs working towards stroke management and how they can be made more effective.
Session 3. Upgrading the Frontline Healthcare Ecosystem & the criticality of Golden Hour
Frontline ecosystem plays a crucial role in bringing stroke patients to hospitals and providing the right first aid. However, India’s frontline healthcare ecosystem is deeply lacking trained manpower, equipments and facilities. Also, ensuring access to stroke ready centres or healthcare facilities is a major challenge. It is important to debate how a robust healthcare ecosystem can be created to ensure FAST response.
Session 4. The Making of an Integrated Stroke Strategy: What India Needs to Do
An integrated stroke strategy would need every level of healthcare ecosystem to be ready to manage stroke cases. From awareness programs for an enlightened citizenry, frontline healthcare workers, ambulance staff, to healthcare and rehabilitation providers, devising an integrated stroke strategy is the need of the hour. What does India need to do to come up with its Integrated Stroke Care Program?
- Workshop for Hospital Admins
- Declaration of Position Statement
Past Speakers of IHW Council Initiatives
IHW Council works towards creating awareness and advocacy for a healthier, happier world. With the core belief that health is everyone’s responsibility, IHW Council initiatives get everyone talking about health at the national and international level. It is our guiding philosophy that focused, dedicated efforts which impact areas related to health should be recognized to inspire more hands and more initiatives that can contribute towards the making of a healthy nation. Our core belief stands to be that health is everyone’s priority and all human enterprises need to have national health as a larger goal.
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