The World Stroke Day was observed on 24th of June 2007 in Kolkata. This was also the first anniversary of the Stroke Foundation of Bengal. A programme was organized by the Stroke Foundation of Bengal in association with Indian Medical Association and Indian Stroke Association at the Phani Bhusan Vidya Binode Jatra Mancha, Bagbazar; one of the busiest parts of the city of Kolkata. This was attended by a large number of people from all walks of life. 

The function started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Hon. Justice Shyamal Kumar Sen, Chairman, West Bengal Human Rights Commission and Former Governor of West Bengal. Justice Sen in his inaugural address stressed upon the need to awaken all people to the malady of stroke and upon the fact that we ourselves must be responsible for the prevention of deadly diseases like stroke, and the betterment of our health. 

Chief Guest for the occasion, Hon’ble Minister-In-Charge, Self Help group and Self Employment Dept, Government of West Bengal, Mrs Rekha Goswami, who has been associated with this foundation since its inception, also reiterated this fact and highly appreciated the activities of the Foundation and its achievements in just one year of its existence. She whole-heartedly encouraged the members of the Stroke Foundation to work towards the establishment of a near stroke-free society. She assured all help esp.in the detection and management of Hypertension (most important treatable risk factor of stroke) through thousands of field workers involved in welfare activities of the people around the state of West Bengal. A Souvenir was released on this occasion by the Hon’ble Minister.

Dr.S.K. Nag, President, Indian Medical Association, West Bengal branch, the special guest of the day, endorsed the Indian Medical Association’s continued support in all the activities of the Foundation. He also assured to work with the Stroke Foundation to set up Stroke Clinic and Hypertension Clinic through different branches of IMA in West Bengal. 

Prof D.K.Mandal, in his presidential address gave a brief account of the activities of the foundation in its first year. He talked about the awareness programs –seminars and camps (25 in numbers in different districts), distribution of hand bills, leaflets containing information about stroke, and also through papers and magazines. He has appealed to all to participate in this noble cause. He expressed his heartfelt desire to establish a comprehensive “Stroke Hospital & Research Centre” in the city of Kolkata. to cater all sorts of stroke related activities e.g. acute management, Rehabilitation, Preventive clinic, Training center for the stroke personnel,database collection, telemedicine facilities consisting of an organized “stroke team” to deal with the prevention and acute management of stroke. Prof. Mandal has appealed to governmental & non-governmental sectors to extend all forms of help so that this much needed project of stroke could be a reality. He also stated about the proposed documentary on Stroke in Bengali, which will soon be created for awareness of stroke among the large number of Bengali-speaking population. 

This was followed by launching this web site of the Stroke Foundation of Bengal (www.strokefoundationbengal.org) by the Hon’ble Minister. This program was followed by a scientific programme, where many experts discussed on the different aspects of the Stroke e.g . nature and magnitude of the problems of stroke in society, its prevention, acute management and rehabilitation. There were many queries from the audience, which were properly answered and discussed by the experts.