New research shows rural South Africa faces stroke crisis similar to affluent western countries

Debilitating strokes are an increasing threat and burden to rural South Africa and the health care services of poor developing countries require urgent adaptation to control the coming epidemic of vascular disease, reveals a new report "Prevalence of Stroke Survivors in Rural South Africa", by Professor Margaret Thorogood from the University of Warwick.

Until now, little has been known about the burden of stroke in sub-Saharan Africa. The Southern African Stroke Prevention Initiative (SASPI) is a multi-disciplinary study set up to assess the burden and prevalence of stroke in a deprived rural area.

The research revealed that the actual numbers of stroke survivors left disabled was as high in rural South Africa as New Zealand, a typical developed country. Frequently viewed as a chronic illness of affluent countries, stroke is exposed as a significant cause of illness and disability in the developing world, and this impact is set to worsen.

The individuals surveyed were defined as disabled if he or she needed assistance washing, dressing, bathing, feeding, mobility or going to the toilet.

Within the area of the Southern African Stroke Prevention Initiative (SASPI), which has a population of 68 525, there is a stroke prevalence of 300 per 100 000 people. Of these stroke survivors 200 per 100 000 people (66%) were disabled.

Although more people suffer strokes in high-income countries, far less people are disabled by the condition. In New Zealand the proportion of stroke survivors who need help with a daily living activity is much lower (22%).

The numbers of stroke sufferers in rural South Africa and other African countries are set to grow as the age of the population increases, and undergoes a transition from predominantly infectious diseases to noncommunicable diseases, and most will have no access to life-improving or lifesaving treatment.

Professor Margaret Thorogood, from the University of Warwick, said: "The

Contact: Professor Margaret Thorogood
University of Warwick

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