Implementation of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe kicks off


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • Univadis Medical News
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The European Stroke Organisation (ESO) and Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) have initiated the implementation phase of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe 2018-2030 (SAP-E). The action plan sets targets for 2030.

At present, less than half of all patients with stroke in Europe receive appropriate care, with large inequalities between and within countries.

SAP-E aims are to:

  • Reduce the absolute number of strokes in Europe by 10 per cent by 2030.
  • Treat at least 90 per cent of all patients with stroke in a dedicated stroke unit as the first level of care.
  • Have national plans for stroke encompassing the entire chain of care from primary prevention to life after stroke.
  • To fully implement national strategies for multisector public health interventions to promote and facilitate a healthy lifestyle, and reduce environmental (including air pollution), socioeconomic and educational factors that increase the risk of stroke.

As a pan-European initiative, SAP-E will bring authorities, healthcare providers and patients together to reduce the burden of stroke through a collaborative and systematic effort. The SAP-E is the largest stroke project ever undertaken in Europe.

The Stroke Action Plan for Europe publication can be found on the Action Plan website