What We Do
Some of the ideals of that Bhutan Stroke Foundation stands for creating conscious and inclusive community through following program:
1. Online Community based Non –medical Rehabilitation Program
To supplement daily rehabilitation services, foundation in collaboration with Physiotherapy Unit, provide and facilitates online services to post stroke patients and their families
Owning to the lack of accessible transportation and other social economic problem, many post stroke patients are left out at home adding burden to their families. The basic awareness and limited source of knowledge most the post stroke patients and their families doesn’t really seem to know about stroke care and its related issues.
In order to promote proper understanding on home-based stroke care, BSF in collaboration with professionals’ support from Physiotherapy Unit, conducts with online therapeutic services for post stroke patients and their families weekly.
The programme aims to provide teleconsulting on Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Speech Therapy, Mental Health and Diet for the post stroke patient,
The appropriate information about stroke care, types and issues relevant for developing and implementing home care and support system aimed at ensuring that the stroke patients and their families have access to basic services and necessities, such as education, health care, social inclusion and individual rights in the society.
2. Public Awareness and Advocacy
Stroke is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain stops. That is why stroke is also called a “brain attack”. Its one of the leading causes of dead and disability worldwide. In Bhutan approximately 3 to 4 people get referred to the national referral hospital weekly However, it is preventable if recognized timely and referred for the treatment.
For mass public awareness and advocacy purpose, the foundation through sanitation talk and then strive for monthly newsletter. Foundation also carries out public awareness and advocacy workshop in collaboration with DOPH and other relevant CSOs and through various means.
3. Livelihood skills development as Occupational Therapeutic program
In addition to this, the foundation in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders will focus and support on creation of home based non-medical rehabilitation activities such as livelihood skills development training as therapeutic setting for venerable post stroke patient which will help them in independent living and life skills/ critical skills training. Other therapeutic activities or re-creation activities such as tailoring, spa, bakery, pottery and calligraphy are some of the critical skills and vocational training that will help the patients not only as the therapeutic options but also as sources of livelihood which will help them reducing social economic burden.
4. Data collection & Case studies
Owing to lack of data which is the major challenges for the foundation in providing service. Therefore, foundations focus on registration of all the post stroke patients. Foundation will compile periodic case studies which will help the foundation to plan accordingly for the evidence-based services in the future.