The mission of the ESO is to reduce the burden of stroke.

ESO aims to improve stroke care by providing medical education to healthcare professionals and the lay public.

By offering best practice approaches, the ESO’s goal is to harmonise stroke management in Europe. ESO works as the voice of stroke in Europe to bring about political change. The ESO focuses on European level projects while working toward global solutions. The ESO is dedicated to the following purposes:

  • To promote awareness, management, teaching and research in all aspects of stroke;
  • To develop and promote public policies to reduce the number of deaths by stroke and to improve the care of stroke victims and the quality of life of stroke victims.
  • To reduce the burden of stroke throughout Europe
  • To develop and promote professional and public education;
  • To develop and promote other appropriate activities such as fundraising and prevention programs;
  • To develop, promote, and coordinate international teaching programs through national/regional organisations;
  • To advise and guide on fundraising skills in order to enable national foundations and societies to finance a greater level and range of activities;
  • To foster the development of an international communications system by encouraging the regional activities of organisations, stroke networks, foundations and organisations, as they operate within the goals and objectives of the organisation.

Strategic Plan

Across Europe, stroke accounts for over 1 million deaths each year. The risk of death due to stroke varies substantially between countries, and is more than three times higher in central and eastern Europe than in northern, southern and western Europe.
The vision of the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) is to serve as the voice of stroke in Europe, harmonising stroke management across the whole of Europe, and taking action to reduce the burden of stroke regionally and globally. ESO leadership presents a strategic plan to guide the investment of ESO resources.

Key Objectives

The principal strategic objectives for ESO in the next 3 years are about ensuring sustainable success, including:

  • Maintaining an exceptional level of quality output across ESO
  • Continuing to attract the top talent in the field, whether as members, leaders or contributors to ESO projects
  • Creating an organisational structure to encourage and facilitate further growth
  • Providing reliable and consistently good services to members, customers and partners
  • Further growth in individual membership, as well as via national societies and related associations