The Saudi Advisory Group Against
Stroke was a professional medical organization, formed in 2001 and was
composed of Specialists working in different hospitals in the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia, who are interested in promoting the local management and
services provided for stroke victims in the Kingdom.
One of the most important objectives
of this group was to increase the public awareness about stroke and to
educate people about all aspects of stroke. It was SAGAS aim that the
public should be able to recognize symptoms of stroke, to know the
importance of controlling the risk factors and to be aware that there is
an acute treatment that can be applied soon after stroke onset, which can
modify the outcome of stroke..
Also, the group was working on
promoting and encouraging the establishment of stroke units across the
nation due to their important role in acute stroke management.
To achieve its goal, the group
conducted numerous scientific activities, public awareness days, launched
a website (see the
inauguration ceremony of website by former minister of health, Prof.
Shubokshi, in Arabic), published numerous pamphlets and
booklets, and also was involved with sport ..
SAGAS was a founding and a key member
of the World Stroke Federation (later joined the International Stroke
Society to form the newly born, World Stroke Organization) and worked in
affiliation with the Saudi Heart Association.
In 2005, the group submitted a request
to the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties to approve the creation of
the Saudi Stroke Association, which was granted in June 2006. Since then,
the group ceased to function and the newly formed Association took over,
with the same aims and objectives ..
In these pages, and to maintain the
memory of SAGAS, you could find most of the work conducted by the group
over the 6 year period of its existence ..