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.