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Business News/ News / World/  World Stroke Day 2023: Date, theme, history, significance, and more

World Stroke Day 2023: Date, theme, history, significance, and more

World Stroke Day raises awareness about the impact of strokes on communities and individuals. The theme for World Stroke Day 2023 is 'Together we are #Greater Than Stroke'.

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World Stroke Day is observed to remind people the impact of the prevalence and impact of strokes on communities and individuals across the globe. Strokes, also known as brain attacks, are a major global cause of disability and mortality. Hence, this day is dedicated to increasing awareness about strokes, their treatment, and prevention. 

World Stroke Day 2023: Date

Globally, World Stroke Day is celebrated on October 29, Sunday. 

World Stroke Day 2023: Theme

As designated by the World Stroke Organization (WSO), the theme for World Stroke Day 2023 is ‘Together we are #Greater Than Stroke.’

World Stroke Day 2023: History

In the 1990s, the European Stroke Initiative came up with the idea of holding a day of awareness. However, the project could only be carried out in Europe because of financial limitations. 

The European Stroke Organization, which spearheaded the initiative, observes its awareness day on May 10. October 29 is designated as World Stroke Day, an event that was started in 2004 during the World Stroke Congress in Vancouver, Canada. 

A working group headed by Dr. Vladimir Hachinski was formed, and in October 2006, it became the World Stroke Proclamation. About the same time that the World Stroke Federation and the International Stroke Society merged, the World Stroke Organization was established, taking over as the organization responsible for World Stroke Day.

The WSO leadership moved from focusing on a single awareness day to a year-round campaign in 2009 in order to develop a more sustained strategy for increasing public awareness of significant issues in stroke recognition, prevention, and treatment. 

World Stroke Day is still the campaign's focal point, with biennial themes that attempt to increase awareness of crucial issues in stroke prevention and treatment. The WSO launched its first campaign in 2010 called "1 in 6" (Archived 2010-10-28 at the Wayback Machine). 

World Stroke Day 2023: Significance

A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age. In fact, one in four adults above 25 years of age worldwide will experience a stroke at some point in their lives. However, most American adults are not aware of the F.A.S.T. warning signs, which suggest that stroke is largely treatable, preventable, and curable. 

This discovery will contribute to a decrease in the global number of stroke-related fatalities and disabilities by increasing public, healthcare professional, and community awareness of stroke risk factors and warning indicators. 

By emphasizing the need for better access to stroke care, research, and support networks, it highlights the ongoing efforts to improve stroke prevention and treatment on a global scale.

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Published: 29 Oct 2023, 07:42 AM IST
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