1. 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.

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.

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.

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?