Stroke continues to be New Zealand’s second single biggest killer and the leading cause of serious adult disability.
Approximately 9,000 Kiwis experience a stroke each year – that’s one every hour! Research shows us that within the next decade this is projected to rise by 40%.
The Stroke Foundation is the only national charity in New Zealand solely focused on the prevention of and recovery from stroke.
For 40 years, we have actively promoted ways to avoid stroke and dedicated ourselves to working closely with stroke survivors across the country.
The generosity of New Zealanders has enabled us to help 5,601 stroke survivors this year; providing them with critical services to ensure the best possible outcomes – not just for themselves, but also their family/whānau and carers too.
Three quarters of strokes are preventable, so we continue to deliver our vital awareness campaigns and health promotion programmes which are critical to saving thousands of lives.
New Zealanders experience a stroke each year – one every hour
the estimated number of stroke survivors living in New Zealand
new stroke referrals each month
projected increase of New Zealanders who will experience a stroke in the next decade
Kiwis die of stroke each year – more deaths than breast or prostate cancer