Recent data has shown an alarming increase in the incidence of strokes across Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East region. Stroke, a leading cause of long-term disability, has placed an immense burden on affected individuals, families, and healthcare systems. This surge in stroke cases necessitates a concerted effort to enhance stroke prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation services.
Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality around the world, with 15 million strokes and 5.8 million stroke-related deaths per year. Stroke is the No. 5 killer of all Americans and a leading cause of long-term adult disability, affecting more than 795,000 people a year. According to data from the World Health Organization, stroke was the second largest cause of death in Saudi Arabia. These factors combine to present a dramatic increase in stroke burden in the Kingdom, and a need for urgent action to address the growing stroke impact and to identify and implement strategies for improving provision of care and patient outcomes.
35-40% of survivors have limitations in basic activities of daily living 6 months after their stroke. 40% experience moderate to severe impairments. 10% require care in a nursing home or other long-term care facility.
The long-term goal of rehabilitation is to help the stroke survivor become as independent as possible. Ideally this is done in a way that preserves dignity and motivates the survivor to relearn basic skills like bathing, eating, dressing and walking. Rehabilitation typically starts in the hospital after a stroke. If your condition is stable, rehabilitation can begin within two days of the stroke and continue after your release from the hospital.
Under the generous patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud Bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Eastern Province, the International Stroke Rehabilitation Conference is all set to platform global industry leaders to share knowledge and best practices on the 6th – 7th May 2024, Sofitel Al Khobar The Corniche, Al Khobar, KSA
Our conference serves as a pivotal platform for healthcare professionals, researchers, and experts from around the world to converge, exchange ideas, and develop strategies to address the growing challenges posed by strokes. Over the course of this event, we will delve into innovative approaches to stroke rehabilitation, share cutting-edge research, and explore multidisciplinary collaboration opportunities.
Together, we aim to empower healthcare practitioners with the knowledge and tools needed to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors, promote functional recovery, and ultimately reduce the devastating impact of stroke on our communities.
Join us in this crucial endeavor, as we embark on a journey towards a brighter future for stroke rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia and beyond.