The man who can be seen in the video is one of the lucky ones. When he collapsed from a stroke in his home in Sofia, Bulgaria, his wife knew that she had to act quickly. He was swiftly taken to the nearest stroke-ready hospital and was treated immediately by the responding doctors. “He literally recovered in front my eyes,” said she.
However, not everyone can be as lucky. Stroke is a concerning example of how insufficient action to prevent and treat NCDs negatively impacts public health: over the last 20 years, stroke has become the second leading cause of disability and death worldwide, with 80 million stroke survivors1. Yet still, in many places, getting treated in a stroke-ready hospital is still very much a lottery.
When we were approached to be a part of the #TurningTheTide video series which aims to place a much-needed spotlight on the work of institutions to fight non-communicable diseases around the world, we couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to highlight some of the great work and achievements the Angels Community has done for the benefit of stroke patients around the world.
Through this 5-minutes video, produced by BBC Story Works Commercial Productions, we would like to THANK YOU for dedicating your time and effort so that more stroke patients are able to return to life as they know it. Your work matters, and together we will turn the tide against stroke worldwide.
1 GBD 2016 Diseases and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators, “Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 328 diseases and injuries for 195 countries, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016,” The Lancet, 2017; 390: 1211-59.