Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Hope and support on Stroke Survivors' Day in Ghana

16th March is National Stroke Survivors' Day in Ghana and this year, stroke support organisation Stroke Association Support Network Ghana (SASNET Ghana), ensured that the day was full of hope and support for people affected by stroke. 

SASNET Ghana is a stroke support organisation member of the World Stroke Organization and a member of the Ghana NCD Alliance. SASNET Ghana wants a nation that recognises stroke and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a public health priority. Its aim is that all Ghanaians are educated about the risk factors and signs of stroke, and all those affected by stroke have access to the best possible treatment and rehabilitation. SASNET Ghana campaigns for better stroke services and provides prevention awareness and rehabilitation recovery support services for stroke survivors.

2019 marked the second National Stroke Survivors' Day and SASNET Ghana used the day to promote the message that there is life after stroke and that with the right information, treatment, care and support, people affected by stroke can have improved outcomes. The day was also an opportunity for SASNET Ghana to mobilise the general population to support people affected by stroke and to challenge stigma and discrimination.

As part of their activities for the day SASNET Ghana held a Community NCD Awareness Forum in partnership with the Ghana NCD Alliance. In his welcome  address, Mr. Ad Adams Ebenezer, Vice Chairman of the Ghana NCD Alliance and Director of Operations for SASNET Ghana, focused on NCD risk factors and the increasing incidence of hypertension and stroke across the country. Ad Adams emphasized the need for a multi-stakeholder approach to combat NCDs, including the Government, health sector, civil society organisations and citizens working together.

During the Forum people living with NCDs shared their experiences. Mr. Samuel Sedodo talked about the effects he has experienced due to his stroke. He highlighted that caring for people affected by stroke is challenging and that there needs to be increased support from the Government for long term care. He also called on young people to take their health seriously.

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