India is facing a rapidly growing burden of diseases, especially the non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Stroke is definitely one of them – it often goes undiagnosed and even if identified, is not addressed on time due to lack of qualified workforce and Stroke Ready Infrastructure. Every year, approximately 1.8 million people suffer from stroke, which is the second most common cause of death after coronary artery disease (CAD) globally. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, 25.7 million people survived stroke, 6.5million died, and 10.3 million new strokes were recorded. It also noted that the low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), of which India is a part, have witnessed more than 100 percent increase in the incidence of stroke whereas the developed countries have witnessed a drop of 42 percent.
Given the paucity of data and lack of reliable reporting mechanisms, understanding the epidemiology of stroke in India is challenging. Hence, a systematic review with an objective to investigate the incidence & prevalence, and understand the true magnitude of the problem, we need to Act Now & Fast, create a smart infrastructure at both the State and national level for better preventive measures against stroke and better rehabilitation measures for stroke-related disabilities, and make India Stroke Ready.
STROKE SUMMIT INITIATIVE
With the mission to “Act FAST for a Stroke Ready India”, the Stroke Summit initiative by Integrated Health & Wellbeing Council is one of the largest knowledge, idea and technology sharing platform to showcase 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 Summit becomes a platform for experts and thought leaders from public health, private enterprises, policymaking, and the social sector, including the many segments of the healthcare ecosystem to come forward and debate various matters related to stroke care for public benefit.