Stroke is one of the modern lifestyle conditions. This means there are several things which can be done in order to prevent or mitigates its effects on one's health. Looking at its economic importance, there is a need to change focus from healthcare institution based to community inclusive. For instance, to go with one stroke patient to the hospital needs a vehicle or the use of public transport, of which it may also need two to three people to escort the patient. This is costly! Realising this, Therapeutics Malawi has dedicated itself in the battle against this condition via community approach.

Several appraoches have been designed that, if used intelligently, may help prevent the occurrence. We have several programmes to improve community awareness of the risk factors and the signs of stroke, and improve the detection and management of blood pressure. These programmes can help your patients become stroke safe and we encourage you to share information with them.

Fast Approach

The FAST approach is one of the ways that can help you recognise stroke when it is just occurring. F stands for Facial weakness. When a stroke hits someone, you may realise that they face has been distorted. It is pulled to one side. A stands for Arm weakness. You may recognise that the arm has been weakened. S stands for Speech difficulties. When a stroke hits, the victim may have speech difficulties. T is for Time. It is important to act fast when you realise that someone is developing a stroke.

BP Checks and Nutrition Advice

T-Malawi as a family of different professions also includes competent nutritionists who are available 24/7 to offer high quality nutrition services. While conducting nutrition health services, we also measure body mass index, which is a a measurement that shows how much weight a person has per square metre of the body.

On top of nutrition services, we also conduct regular BP checks to help people know their blood pressure so that they can manage it. We also provide BP chesks on demand in schools, communities, workplaces, pharmacies, community clubs and events, to give individuals a better understanding of their risk factors for stroke.

StrokeFree For Health Professional

We conduct stroke seminars to healthcare practitioners. In this programme, teach new trends, evidence based management of stroke and many more.

StrokeFree Speeches and Radio Programmes

We conduct speeches and radio programmes to teach the masses about stroke.

Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy
Chimwemwe Masina, PT

Author: Chimwemwe Masina

Chimwemwe Masina is currently working as a Resident Physiotherapist at DDT College of Medicine in Gaborone, Botswana. Before joining DDT College of Medicine, he worked in the Ministry of Health at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Malawi, MagWaz Physiotherapy and Wellness Services in Lilongwe, Malawi. as well as Volunteering at Physiopedia.
His interest is in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy and currently he is an assisting lecturer in Manual Therapy and Lumbar Spine Management.

Disclaimer! Information provided on this page is for educational purposes only and is not meant for specific medical intervention. If you have a medical problem, please contact us or consult a certified medical professional