Welcome to National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Sri Lanka, but stroke care has not received the attention it deserves. An audit of acute stroke care at the Institute of Neurology, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo (NHSL) conducted in 1997 revealed the poor quality of stroke care at state-sector hospitals in the country. This was an eye-opener that led to far-reaching changes, especially the establishment of the first stroke unit in the country at the NHSL in 1998. Weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings were a part of the stroke unit work, and the need for improving stroke care across the country was a regular topic for discussion among the medical professionals managing the stroke unit after the team meetings. In addition to developing hospital-based care, the need for an organization to create island-wide awareness and to engage the public in stroke prevention became a key point for action during these discussions. The need for the involvement of non-medical professionals in such an organization to ensure community participation, to develop educational campaigns, and to raise and manage funds was emphasised.
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President’s Message

Dear Members,
In recent years, stroke has emerged as a significant health concern in Sri Lanka, affecting one in four individuals of all ages and walks of life.. The impact of stroke goes beyond the physical toll it takes on individuals; it also affects families, caregivers, and the community at large. However, amidst these challenges, NSASL stands as a beacon of hope, dedicated to mitigating the impact of stroke and improving the lives of those affected.
Our mission at NSASL is multifaceted, encompassing awareness, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

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National Stroke Day Message