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o We provide a Voice to Stroke Survivors in Ghana.
o We work closely and in collaboration with all communities in Ghana and with health professionals and governments, influencing decision and policy makers.
o We deliver support services to stroke survivors, their families and carers in Ghana.
o We empower people with information on stroke to enable them understand how stroke can be prevented the outcomes for those who have strokes significantly improved.
o We campaign for the establishment of specialized stroke units and appropriate aftercare packages for those discharged from hospital.
We promote research into stroke treatment and careCACY
Stroke Association Support Network-Ghana stands as a voice for stroke survivors and their families throughout Ghana .we advocate for the best possible service for stroke survivors where they can have access to the best possible stroke care and treatment wherever they live in Ghana. We support the application of evidence-based medical interventions (e.g. thrombolytic therapy etc.) and the quality of life guideline measures for stroke survivor in their management of the disease in Ghana. Advocating for the Global Stroke Bill in Ghana where stroke survivors have the right to:
o A rapid diagnosis for them to be treated quickly.
o Receive treatment by a specialized team at all stages of their care toward their recovery.
o Receive care that is well coordinatedAccess treatment regardless of their financial situation, gender. Culture or where they live in Ghana.
10. Receive treatment that is right for each survivor as an individual considering their age, gender, goal, and their changing needs over time.
12. Be informed about the signs of stroke so that one can recognize that he /she is having one.
13. Be fully informed about what happens to them (survivors) and about living with stroke for as long as they require it.
15. Be provided with hope for the best possible recovery they can make and now into the future.
16. Receive psychological and emotional support in a form that best meets their needs.
o Be included in all aspect of the society regardless of any disabilities they may have.
18. Receive support (financial or otherwise) to ensure that they are cared for in the long term.
19. Be supported to return to work and other activities they may choose to participate in after their stroke.
20. Get access to formal and informal advocacy to assist them with access to the service they need.
o Be connected to other stroke survivor and caregivers so they can may gain and provide support in their recovery from stroke.
Using the social media a tool for our advocacy program has been very effective to champion and promote the Global Stroke Bill of Rights.
What are non-communicable diseases (NCDs)?
The world’s leading cause of death
Around 38 million people are killed each year by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These account for nearly70% of deaths worldwide. NCDs are chronic conditions that cannot be transferred from person to person. Instead, they result largely from individuals’ health behaviours influenced by the environment we live in (also called Risk Factors).
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the following as the four major NCDs:
• cardiovascular diseases (such as heart attacks and strokes)
• type 2 diabetes
• chronic lung disease
• cancers
Most chronic diseases slowly progress over a long time but they are not inevitable. This long progression means that there are ample opportunities to intervene in people’s lives before NCDs develop, or to reduce NCDs burden in individuals already suffering from this diseases.
These conditions are responsible for an alarming portion of disease across the globe, and are the cause of most premature deaths. They are an enormous emotional and financial burden on individuals, families, communities and health systems.
Diseases of inequality
Annually, 16 million people die before the age of 70 from NCDs, often leaving behind families who relied on them for financial support.
The WHO reports that of those 16 million people, 82% live in low- and middle-income countries. Additionally, people dying from NCDs in low- and middle-income countries account for almost 75% of NCD deaths worldwide.
What is the solution?
By focusing on the RISK FACTORS, these long-term health conditions are largely preventable. Contact strokeghana for more information to this public health crisis.
For more information about NCDs, we recommend visiting these webpages:
• Why NCDs(NCD Alliance)
• Global Status Report on NCDs(World Health Organization)
• Non-communicable diseases(World Health Organization)
The risk factors
Risk factors increase the likelihood of developing a disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the primary risk factors Non –Communicable Disease (NCD) are:
• tobacco use
• unhealthy food and drink (including harmful use of alcohol)
• lack of physical activity
Although NCD prevention frequently focuses on individual behaviour change, we at strokeghana know that the environment we live in very much dictates our behaviours. It can be difficult – or next to impossible – to adopt healthy behaviours if your surroundings make being unhealthy the cheaper, easier option.
That’s why we use our partnership approach to bring together different groups, including individuals, communities, organisations, businesses, and policymakers, to collaborate on societal solutions that make it easier for people to live healthy lives.
Read more about us and see ways we can work together to prevent NCDs.
For more information about the NCD risk factors, we recommend visiting the below pages on the World Health Organization’s website:
• WHO tools to prevent and control non-communicable diseases
• Non-communicable diseases and their risk factors
Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020