8.National Stroke Campaign (October 23-29, 2011) and World Stroke Day (October 29, 2011)
to become a volunteer and help with the campaign.
Every six seconds, independent of age or gender, someone in the world dies because of stroke.
This fact, however, is more than just a public health statistics. These people were also brothers, sisters, husbands, wifes, sons, mothers, fathers or friends of someone. They were real and loved. Behind the cold numbers are real lives. The World Stroke Organization (WSO) are requiring urgent actions to stop this silent epidemy and has launched in 2010 the 2 years global campaign "1 in 6" at the World Stroke Day, October 29.
The aim of the campaign is to put the fight against stroke as the top priority in the global health agenda. The theme of the "1 in 6" campaign was chose by the WSO liders to highlight the fact that one in six people in the world will have a stroke in his lifetime. Everyone is in danger and the situation will getting worse because of our complacency and inertia to get better quality of life.
The "1 in 6" campaign celebrates not only the fact that stroke could be prevented, but also that stroke survivors could recover completely and keep their quality of life with specific care and support in the long term. These two years campaign has the objective to reduce stroke impact acting on six basic challenges:
1. Know your own risk factors: arterial hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia (high colesterol).
2. To be physical active and to exercise yourself regularly.
3. Prevent obesity with a balanced diet.
4. Limit alcohol intake.
5. Prevent smoking, if you smoke seek for help today.
6. Learn how to recognize stroke symptoms and their warning signs.
Stroke is the second cause of death between persons above 60 years old and the fifth cause in persons between 15 and 59 years old. It also affects children, including newborns. Each year, almost 6 million people die with stroke. Actually, stroke is responsible for more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria together - three disease that are examples of public health campaign success, capturing world media attention and, consequently, encouraging world liders, governments and civil society sectors to act.
Stroke is the leading cause of death and disability in Brazil, with a great economic and social impact. The Brazilian Academy of Neurology, Brazilian Society of Cerebrovascular Diseases, Rede Brazil AVC and Brazil Stroke Association are united to support this fight and between October 23 to 29 of 2011 there will be educational campaigns to the general population all over the country. Participate with us on the actions of these campaign writing to the email adress: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide the campaign material.
See the 2010 campaign video.
Learn more about the international campaign at the World Stroke Organization website.Click here
to watch the video of Campaign
Below are listed the 51 cities that already confirmed their participation on the 2011 campaign:
Vitória da Conquista
Santa Maria do Cambucá
Rio Grande do Norte
Alto Alegre dos Parecis
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Duque de Caxias
São José do Rio Preto
São Bernardo do Campo
Barão de Antonina
Rio Grande do Sul