Blossom Neurorehabilitation Centre, Ibadan, Nigeria
Three years ago, our Regional Vice PResident for Sub-Saharan Africa esetablished, with support from the WFNR, the Blossom Neurorehabilitation Center in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Neurorehabilitation is very new to the 300 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. Raising awareness among patients, service providers and the population in general is key and this will enable them to take advance of the facilities at the WFNR - Blossom Specialist Medical Centre.
TREAT - an acronym of the secretariat's strengths and prospects
Therapeuti: The Centre is recording the improved quality of life of patients with the introduction of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) which complements wervice delivery and better health outcomes.
Research: There are several studies underaway at the Centre. The `Tailored Hospital-based Risk Reduction to Impede Vascular Events after Stroke' or THRIVES study is designed to sustain effective treatment and self care management in order to prevent secondary stroke. A study involving a treatment that controls blood pressure is on-going followed by the piilot phase conclusion and qualitative phase.
The largest study of stroke in Africahas commencesd: the `Stroke Investigative Research and Education network' (SIREN) is a multidisciplinary collaborative reserach network designed to focus on exploring ways to promote a better understanding of the socio-demographic, clinical and genetic characteristics of stroke. These studies all constitute parts of the stroke quadrange of which reahabiliation is a major pillar.
Enlightenment: A cross section of physicians drawn across the south-western states of Nigeria met for a one day Clopidogrel expert meeting held in Inbadan, Nigeria. Exclusive live television interviews were conducted on the burden of, and rehabiltiation for, stroke.
To mark 2013 World Stroke Day, a stroke newsletter was prduced to showcase the strategic activities implemented aacross the regiona and disseminated to a wide range of relevant organisations.
Advocacy: State and institutional support in relation to stroke prevention and rehabilitation were solictied from the Commisssioner for Health, the CMDs of THRIVIES study centres and medical prfoessionals. Unanimously, stroke prevention was highly endorsed with commitments pledges as and when needed. Discussions have commenced to widen the scope and delivery of the secretariat's services to under-serviced communities at grassroots level.
Training: Plans are underway to leverage established collaborations with institutions across Africa including Egypt and Sudan, to interact with the WFNR with the aim of improving the neurorehabilitation capability of professionals across the continent.