The Blossom Centre (a WFNR affiliated Institute) in collaboration with the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and in partnership with the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation presents a maiden conference with the theme‘NEUROREHABILITATION IN AFRICA: ADAPTATIONS AND INNOVATIONS’. This theme will cover exciting exchange of innovative and adaptive technologies in neurorehabilitation for improving the lives of patients and their successful integration across East, West and Central Africa. This conference promises to be an avenue to foster relationships, mentorships and networks required by all practising and upcoming neuro-professionals in the region.Read More here...
Worldwide, stroke is the second leading cause of death. It is also a leading cause of disability in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Every minute, six Africans and one Nigerian develop stroke.The stroke quadrangle has been recommended as an holistic mechanism of tackling the increasing burden of stroke morbidity and mortality. To this end, two research studies, depicting pillars of this quadrangle are described below:THRIVES and SIREN
Stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. It is as old as man and has a prevalence of up to 316 per 100,000 among Africans. Addressing a cross-section of physicians drawn across South-western states of Nigeria, Dr Owolabi remarked that in every sixty seconds, one Nigerian and six Africans develop stroke. He pointed out that excessive alcohol consumption,
cigarette smoking, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes mellitus, obesity, dyslipidemia and most especially the presence of high blood pressure were factors that could predispose one to stroke. He enjoined physicians to adopt a holistic approach, including research, in the management of Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and related risk factors as a single therapeutic intervention has proven to be inefficient.
Further public enlightenment opportunity was explored with one of the indigenous media houses, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo state (BCOS) to create more awareness on the increasing prevalence of stroke in the state. This live broadcast which took place on the 31st of August, 2013 featured Dr Mayowa Owolabi, a consultant neurologist and senior lecturer in the University of Ibadan and one of the research coordinators, Miss Uvere Ezinne.
According to Dr Owolabi, stroke has an annual incidence of up to 316 per 100,000, a prevalence of 315 per 100,000 and 84% case fatality in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemia, age, ethnicity, physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol consumption were highlighted.
SIREN – Mayowa Owolabi, Bruce Ovbiagele:
The study brought many Africans awareness on the knowledge of stroke, its causes, risk factors, effects and methods of prevention. Through SIREN’s community engagement efforts, over 10,000 individuals have received education on cardiovascular risk factors and over 8,000 have been screened for cardiovascular risk factors. The discovery of green leafy vegetable as a protective factor against stroke is also profound.