Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Ghana stroke support organisation is honoured and motivated by World Stroke Campaign Award 2018

Stroke Association Support Network Ghana (SASNET Ghana) share their thoughts on being selected as the winner of the World Stroke Campaign Award 2018 in the Low-Middle Income Country category. 

SASNET Ghana has been involved in organising World Stroke Day events since our establishment in 2012. SASNET Ghana's year round work is focused on raising awareness of stroke and supporting people living with stroke to improve their quality of life though our outreach program, Community Stroke/NCDs Awareness and the Community Life After Stroke Program (CLASP). 

The 29th October every year is a special day in the calendar for SASNET Ghana and we use World Stroke Day to:
1. Remind Ghanaians that stroke is a global health burden and the incidence of stroke is increasing in Africa
2. Take the opportunity to involve the media in issues relating to stroke and so raise the profile of stroke across the country 
3. Engage a range of health professionals to contribute in raising awareness at their respective hospitals, clinics and health centers across the country
4. Challenge the myths ,superstitions and other beliefs around stroke and to provide full and accurate stroke information

World Stroke Day events over the years continue to give SASNET Ghana the opportunity to involve academics, researchers and government officials in our work and their inputs and research are an invaluable resource for our activities.

SASNET Ghana's World Stroke Campaign Award 2018 in the Low-Middle Income Country category is an honour. The award is motivation for all members of SASNET Ghana. This gives us the reason to go the extra mile, especially as we are determined to use an innovative approach to educate and to disseminate stroke information in Ghana. The award must also be attributed to the work of the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service and members of the Health Committee in Parliament, all of which have supported our work. 

The Ghanaian Government is developing strategies to achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good Health and Well Being and SASNET Ghana will use this opportunity to gain support from the Government to launch The National Act F.A.S.T Campaign.

Our special thanks goes to: Rev.Dr. Immanuel Alpha-Christ, Chief Dr.Ben S.Jabuni and the entire SASNET Ghana Campaign team led by Faustina Larbi, Stroke Health Promotion Manager, all the stroke survivor members, the stroke multidisciplinary team, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Military Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ridge Hospital, Trust Hospital and last but not least, Ad Adams Ebenezer ,the Executive Director for Stroke Support Operations at SASNET Ghana.

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