Celebrating World Stroke Day 2018 at the Ngeme Community, Cameroon
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die. Depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated, the effects of stroke on survivors can be devastating to a person’s body, mobility and speech, as well as how they think and feel. Around 80 million people living in the world today have experienced a stroke and over 50 million survivors live with some form of permanent disability as a result. While for many, life after stroke would not be quite the same, with the right care and support, living a meaningful life is still possible. This year, on World Stroke Day, HERO Cameroon saw the need to create awareness on the risk factors and preventive methods of stroke.
- To educate and empower inhabitants of Ngeme on stroke, methods of prevention and surviving with disabilities.
- To screen for risk factors of stroke (High blood pressure, Diabetes and Obesity)
The HERO Cameroon team arrived at 9am to meet with the community. Following previous negotiation meetings with the religious and traditional authorities, we mobilized a crowd of over 200 individuals. They were educated on the common signs of stroke, methods of prevention, what to do in the face of stroke and how to survive with disabilities.
The team then set out to work, and over 150 people were screened for Diabetes and Hypertension, and close to 50 people identified as high risk individuals were referred to the health facility closest to them.
The team left Ngeme at 1pm, promising to return bi-annually to ensure sustainability.