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StrokeAction UK/StrokeAction Nigeria Partners with Medical Association of Nigerians Across Great Britain (MANSAG) to Drive Stroke Care in Nigeria
Stroke Action UK (SAUK) and Stroke Action Nigeria (SAN), not-for-profit sister organizations working with stroke survivors and their carers, entered into a strategic partnership with the Medical Association of Nigerians Across Great Britain (MANSAG) on 13 September 2014. This partnership was agreed in Plymouth, South West England. It will lead to the establishment of a Stroke Action Alliance in the United Kingdom to drive a better stroke care in Nigeria by tapping into the extensive resources of Nigerian medical and allied healthcare professionals in MANSAG.
The Alliance will help to drive the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Stroke Action Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) on 30 September 2013. Rita Melifonwu, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SAN expressed her joy at the ground-breaking partnership saying that the organization’s hope of providing holistic approaches to preventative care, rehabilitation, self-management and social support for stroke survivors and their families in Nigeria is being fulfilled. She said “As a first step, a high-level stakeholder meeting of the Joint Technical Committee (based on the MOU between FMOH, MANSAG, and other Diaspora medical associations) that advises on medical education and healthcare delivery in Nigeria has been scheduled to hold in November 2014 where it is expected to facilitate the setting up of a Stroke Reference Group with the Federal Ministry of Health representatives as contained in the SAN-FMOH pact.”
The Stroke Reference Group, which will be co-facilitated by SAN & MANSAG, will proceed to produce a stroke strategy for Nigeria as detailed in the MOU and oversee the Stroke Strategy implementation in terms of campaign, awareness, prevention and after care to the benefits of the Nigerian public in general, and stroke survivors and carers, in particular.
Dr Jacob A Akoh, MANSAG President is optimistic of the prospects of the partnership, stating, “The partnership is a welcome development that is in line with MANSAG’s strategy for improving healthcare delivery in Nigeria. It will provide the members of the group an opportunity to deploy their resources into providing the much needed stroke care and support to their brothers and sisters at home.