Interview by Prof Tissa Wijeratne, Chair, Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee, World Federation of Neurology

Prof. Valery L Feigin, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand was invited to talk on the burden of neurological disorders at the prestigious United Nations general assembly (1 October 2020).

The burden of Neurological disorders is on the rise. To make the situation worse, nearly 80% of this burden occurs in low to middle income countries
Professor Feigin

“It is time to act. Organisations such as the World Federation of Neurology, World Stroke Organisation and many others are doing a tremendous job. It is time for national governments to come on board and address this issue as a matter of priority”

Professor Feigin shared his work and experience developing his award winning “Stroke Riskometer App “ during his second presentation, available not only in English but also in 15 other commonly spoken languages, covering nearly 90% of the world.

“Nearly 80% of the burden of neurological disorders can be prevented. We must change the way we address prevention. While individual level prevention is significant and has certainly developed, population level prevention is even more important, and governments worldwide still have a long way to go to improve it. Let us advocate better preventative measures for both fronts".



Prof. Tissa Wijeratne