Stroke Association Support Network-Ghana is working to raise public awareness of stroke in the country. Our all year round campaign program is geared to raise awareness and sensitize the general public to the disease. Our awareness campaign programs are held in churches, mosques, institutions, etc. across the country. The general public is educated on the risk factors of stroke, signs of having a stroke, etc. Research has proven that, most of the stroke risk factors are unknown and misdiagnosed for other diseases. We believe that, knowledge about stroke is the basic tool to prevent the disease. Every year on October 29TH, World Stroke Day is marked in Ghana to raise stroke awareness in Ghana and advocate for an improvement of stroke care services in Ghana.
World Stroke Day is marked by all members of the World Stroke Organization across the globe. Special themes are adopted each year to mark the World Stroke Day Event.
We aim to continue and extend the awareness of stroke to the Ghanaian public, policymakers, and health care professionals about the cause and symptoms of stroke. The symptoms of stroke are painless and at times transient ,but sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, sudden inability to speak or understand speech, loss of vision in one eye or both, sudden loss of balance as a compelling an emergency excruciating chest pain, severe unusual headache.
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:
1. RECIEVE THE BEST STROKE CARE
i. A rapid diagnosis for them to be treated quickly.
ii. Receive treatment by a specialized team at all stages of their care toward their recovery.
iii. Receive care that is well coordinated
iv. Access treatment regardless of their financial situation, gender. Culture or where they live in Ghana.
v. Receive treatment that is right for each survivor as an individual considering their age, gender, goal, and their changing needs over time.
2. BE INFORMED AND PREPARED
i. Be informed about the signs of stroke so that one can recognize that he /she is having one.
ii. Be fully informed about what happens to them (survivors) and about living with stroke for as long as they require it.
3. BE SUPPORTED IN THEIR RECOVERY
i. Be provided with hope for the best possible recovery they can make and now into the future.
ii. Receive psychological and emotional support in a form that best meets their needs.
iii. Be included in all aspect of the society regardless of any disabilities they may have.
iv. Receive support (financial or otherwise) to ensure that they are cared for in the long term.
v. Be supported to return to work and other activities they may choose to participate in after their stroke.
vi. Get access to formal and informal advocacy to assist them with access to the service they need.
vii. 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.