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. Through our various programs and initiatives, we strive to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of stroke, promote healthy lifestyle choices to prevent stroke, facilitate access to quality healthcare services, and provide support to stroke survivors and their families.

One of our key priorities is raising awareness about stroke and its risk factors. Despite being a leading cause of disability and death globally, there is still a lack of awareness about stroke in many communities. Therefore, NSASL conducts extensive awareness campaigns through various channels, including social media, community outreach programs, and educational workshops. By increasing knowledge and understanding about stroke, we empower individuals to take proactive steps to reduce their risk and seek timely medical attention when needed.


In addition to awareness efforts, NSASL is committed to advocating for policy changes and improvements in stroke care. We work closely with government agencies, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders to advocate for the implementation of evidence-based practices, the establishment of stroke units in hospitals, and the development of rehabilitation services for stroke survivors. By advocating for change at both the national and local levels, we strive to ensure that every stroke patient receives the highest standard of care and support.


Furthermore, NSASL places great emphasis on supporting stroke survivors and their families throughout their journey of recovery. We understand that the aftermath of stroke can be daunting, both physically and emotionally, which is why we offer a range of support services, including  peer support groups, caregiver training programs, and encourage financial assistance through social services. Our goal is to provide a holistic support network that addresses the diverse needs of stroke survivors and helps them regain independence, socialisation, and quality of life.


As we look to the future, NSASL remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing the fight against stroke. We recognize that our work is far from over, and there are still many challenges to overcome. However, with the continued dedication and support of our members, volunteers, partners, and donors, I am confident that we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by stroke.


In closing, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering support of NSASL. Together, let us continue to raise awareness, advocate for change, and provide support to those in need. With your help, we can build a healthier, more resilient Sri Lanka, where stroke no longer poses a threat to our communities.


Thank you for your commitment and dedication to our cause.


Warm regards,


Dr Gamini Pathirana


National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka (NSASL)