The Middle East North Africa Stroke Organization (MENA Stroke) is founded by a visionary group of physicians to serve as the active voice for stroke management in the region.The formation of MENA Stroke marks the success of a stroke care improvement initiative that was launched in late 2014. The primary objective of this comprehensive effort was to help promote evidence based stroke management in this geographically and epidemiologically diverse region.
According to the World Health Organization, stroke has alarmingly become the second most common cause of death and the third most common cause of disability worldwide. Stroke claims 6.2 million lives each year, a number that exceeds AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria mortality put together. Worldwide, it is estimated that six people die from a stroke every minute. What is more worrisome is the fact that individuals living in resource-poor countries are disproportionately affected. From 2000 to 2008, the overall stroke incidence rates in low to middle income countries, exceeded that of high-income countries by 20%. Today, two-thirds of all individuals that have suffered from a stroke live in developing countries where health systems are already challenged to the limit.