Many milestones were made when Singapore hosted the 14th World Stroke Congress, which is organised annually by the World Stroke Organization. The destination itself was significant: the event was held for the first time in Southeast Asia, where there is a high prevalence of stroke, and helped shine a light on the condition in this part of the world.
This was also the first time the international stroke community could assemble in person since the COVID-19 pandemic began. As the Congress’ first hybrid event, it offered an extensive programme for in-person attendees as well as an online component for participants who were unable to travel to Singapore.
Held at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre from 26 to 29 October 2022, the Congress saw strong participation from more than 4,400 visiting and virtual delegates from 107 countries. It provided a platform for professionals from around the world to discuss the betterment of stroke care, as well as an exhibition showcasing the latest innovations in medical technology.
The venue was positively buzzing with excitement as participants enjoyed an array of activities before the walkathon kicked off. There were booths where people could learn how to spot signs of stroke, while others offered fun games that raised funds for the local stroke support organisation. Superhero masks were also handed out for all participants to wear, with the goal of inspiring the public to become superheroes themselves by learning to recognise stroke symptoms and save lives.