The Stroke Association Support Network, Ghana(SASNET-Ghana) , a stroke advocacy group and Go THERAPY, a USA based organisation in collaboration with the Hawa Memorial Saviour Hospital have launched a community Life after stroke programme at Osiem in the Eastern Region.
The programme is aimed at strengthening the access of stroke survivors to quality rehabilitation services in their communities and to speed up their re-integration into the community.
Speaking to the media after the launch of the project, the Director of Operations of SASNET-Ghana, Mr Ebenezer Ad Adams explained that normally stroke survivors outside the regional capitals of the country lacked access to quality physio-therapy services and this turn to slow down their rehabilitation and re-integration into their communities.
He said the project was therefore aimed at providing quality rehabilitation services to such people in their communities.Mr Ad Adams explained that the programme included; the training of the caregivers to continue to provide support rehabilitation services to the stroke survivor in the absence of the physio-therapy specialists.
He said the project was also aimed at empowering the stroke survivors, their families and communities through raising awareness, promoting inclusion and elimination of poverty and discrimination.Mr Ad Adams said Go THERAPY was supporting the programme with technical personnel and funding and would be extended to other districts in the country to bring quality rehabilitation to the doorsteps of stroke survivors.
Ms Robin Famatta Baker, Executive Director and co-founder of Go THERAPY said her organisation was aimed at helping to improve the lives of people of Africa suffering from serious diseases like stroke, hypertension and other none communicable diseases.
She said stroke and hypertension were the second highest cause of deaths in the country and there was therefore the need for more attention to be focused on resolving the challenges facing stroke survivors to help improve on the situation.