Research Study to Improve Support for Stroke Survivors

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In Nigeria, with a population of 200 million, stroke affects over 200,000 people a year. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the country and continues to have a very high mortality rate. Most deaths attributed to stroke occur within the first week of stroke occurrence. However, the burden of stroke does not lie in the high mortality figures, but in the high morbidity as up to 50% of stroke survivors are chronically disabled.

Access to affordable preventative services and rehabilitation after stroke is limited in Nigeria. This is due to barriers that include poor understanding among decision-makers about the need for quality stroke prevention, access to rehabilitation services by stroke survivors, the need for health insurance, and cultural beliefs. Stroke affects mostly adults of working age in their most economically active lifespan. As a result, they become unemployed and live in poverty.

Stroke rehabilitation services are vital in supporting stroke survivors to make the best recovery possible and to reintegrate into communities.


This project aims to conduct a research study to improve support for stroke survivors.


  • Recruitment of stroke survivors,
  • Assessment, goal and activity planning,
  • Data collection from stoke survivors pre-and post-intervention,
  • Analysis of the data,
  • Publication of the findings.

The study will leverage the experience gained from running the LASC and local study staff will be supported by a national and international team with extensive clinical trial experience in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

Myriad Canada is working with Stroke Action Nigeria Ltd on this project, an organization providing health education and raising awareness on strokes and its consequences as well as contributing to the development and management of stroke services in Nigeria.

The Life After Stroke Centre (LASC) in Onitsha provides community-based rehabilitation, secondary prevention, psychosocial, and return to work support to stroke survivors. The program is tailored for each stroke survivor, and includes assessments, goal setting, stroke education, secondary prevention, self-management strategies, group and individual functional rehabilitation and exercise training aimed at changing health behaviors and enabling stroke survivors to cope with life after a stroke.

Myriad Canada’s role is to carry out charitable activities across the globe in accordance with its charitable purposes. We control and monitor the use of funds and the progress of charitable activities to ensure that donations made to Myriad Canada have the greatest impact in accordance with donors’ expressed wishes. As a member of the Myriad Alliance with offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Myriad Canada has a vast international network and extensive practical expertise.

How to support this project?

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. It is simple and fast!

By cheque: Mail the cheque to Myriad Canada, and mention ‘Project G301 –Research study to improve support for stroke survivors’ in the ‘For’ section and send it to: Myriad Canada, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, Montreal, QC, H3B 2B6, Canada.

By Direct Deposit: Send an email to Melina Zitiello or call +1-438-300-8122.

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada.

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