2024 Ministry of Health Stroke Conference

Strategies to enhance collaborative interdisciplinary stroke care and maximize Patient Abilities

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Stroke Continuum of Care: from Prevention, to Early identification, to Treatment and Rehabilitation.


  1. Myths, Facts and Realities of Stroke: Epidemiology, Identification, reduction of stroke risk factors
  2. Acute Treatment: Early Identification, acute management and Follow-up for post Stroke Medical Care
  3. Stroke Rehabilitation: The importance of Rehabilitation in Maximizing Patient Abilities

Stroke Awareness, Acute Treatment, and Maximizing Abilities in Mauritian stroke care

Participation is by Invitation Only.


  1. Improve collaboration for stroke care, working toward the prevention, identification, and management of acute and chronic stroke and post-stroke rehabilitation.
  2. Enhance Mauritian stroke survivors’ quality of life and re-integration into the community.
  3. Enhance collaborative care between healthcare partners, clinicians and allied health colleagues.
  4. Enhance delivery of stroke care in Mauritius.
  5. Provide an interactive platform for questions and answers to instil change, seek opportunities, and overcome barriers in enhancing delivery of stroke care in Mauritius.


  • Physicians (GP, Specialists (i.e. Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine Physicians, Paramedics, and interested Physicians) and Allied Health Colleagues (Nurses, OT, PT, Orthotist, Psychologist, Speech Language Therapist, Psycho-Motor Therapist) working in stroke care in both public and private settings in Mauritius.
  • Medical Students, Students in Allied Health, Researchers in Stroke Care, etc.
  • Healthcare Professionals caring for patients with stroke.
  • Key stakeholders (government leaders, patient advocacy groups, industry partners, NGOs)

Scientific Planning Commitee

  • Prof. R. Reebye Clinical Professor, CANOSC (Co-Chairperson)
  • Dr. S. Kowlessur, CSK Director Health Promotion and Research
  • Dr H. Reesaul, Consultant Neurologist, Victoria Hospital
  • Ms H. Dow, Chief Executive Officer, CANOSC
  • Ms. Britanny Sol, PhD Research Student
  • Dr. Lisette Mohith

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. You may claim a maximum of 6.00 hours (credits are automatically calculated)

This workshop was co-developed with the Ministry of Health & Wellness and CANOSC and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.

Certificates of participation for RCPSC MOC Section 1 are accessible here:

The CanMEDS Roles framework describes the abilities physicians require to effectively meet the health care needs of the people they serve. The seven roles reflected in this program are: Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar, Professional


Jump to a specific Day

 (Day  1) (Day  2)

(Day 1)


Registration of participants


Welcome and address


Official Opening Ceremony


Refreshment Break


Overview of Stroke in Mauritius

20 Mins
Harrish Reesaul

Public Health Measures for Prevention of Stroke

15 Mins
Sudhir Kowlessur


15 Mins

Role of Neurosurgery in the Management of Stroke

15 Mins
Koku Sossou Koussougbo

Q&A Discussion

15 Mins



Q&A Discussion

15 Mins

Q&A Discussion

30 Mins

Tea Break


Post-stroke dysphagia and dysphasia

15 Mins
Mrs Rachna Sungkur

Q&A Discussion & Close

15 Mins

(Day 2)




Q&A Discussion

15 Mins

Tea Break


Stroke care in Mauritius: historical perspective

15 Mins
Dr. Arvindsing RamchurnMauritius

Acute Stroke Care


Mauritian stroke pathways

30 Mins
Dr. Harrish ReesaulMauritius

Q&A Discussion

15 Mins

Neurologist: role in stroke team, barriers and opportunities

5 Mins
Dr. Arvindsing RamchurnMauritius

Acute and Rehabilitation Stroke Care in Mauritius - the role of interdisciplinary medical team members in stroke management.


Internal Medicine: role in stroke team, barriers and opportunities

5 Mins
Dr. Jaynandra Kumar Singh DusowothMauritius

Radiologist: role in stroke team, barriers and opportunities

5 Mins
Dr. Ateelesh MangrooMauritius

ICU: role in stroke team, barriers and opportunities

5 Mins
Dr. Meetheelesh Kumar Abeeluck.Mauritius

Occupational Therapist: role in stroke team, barriers and opportunities

5 Mins
Mrs. Selvina ChemenMauritius

Physiotherapist: role in stroke team, barriers and opportunities

5 Mins
Mrs Gitanjali Vandana RamdinMauritius

Importance of exercise post stroke: barriers and opportunities

5 Mins
Dr. Adisha BholahMauritius

Q&A Discussion

15 Mins



Importance of Nutrition post Stroke

10 Mins
Mrs. Leela MoothoosamyMauritius

Importance of Stroke Awareness for early identification: what is new in Mauritius

10 Mins
Mr. Rizwan ChumrooMauritius

Building the Daily Living skills for Person with Stroke (Autonomy & Independence)

10 Mins
Mrs. Selvina ChemenMauritius

Carer Fatigue & Care Education and its impact on stroke recovery

5 Mins
Mrs. Selvina ChemenMauritius

Resources available for stroke survivors and secondary prevention:role of social services

15 Mins
Dr. Shiv SeegobinMauritius

End of life care: respite and palliative care of stroke patients

10 Mins
Dr. Inayat Sameer MowlahMauritius

Q&A Discussion

20 Mins

Tea Break


Q & A Discussion

10 Mins

Brainstorming on the resources to be mobilized for implementation of a Stroke Registry in Mauritius: A multi-stakeholder approach for secondary and tertiary prevention

15 Mins
Dr. Marie France Chan SunMauritius

Snapshot: Stroke-related Training and Research Development at the UoM in collaboration with Key Stakeholders

5 Mins
Dr. Marie France Chan SunMauritius

Q&A Discussion

10 Mins

Closing ceremony

Vasileios-Arsenios Lioutas Assistant Professor of Neurology, Vascular Neurology Fellowship Program Director



Dr. Lioutas is a Vascular Neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the Director of the Vascular Neurology Fellowship program at the BIDMC. His research interests include the epidemiology of stroke, and he is an Investigator at the Framingham Heart Study. Dr. Lioutas is also an alumnus of the first class of the World Stroke Organization's Future Leaders Program and has significant interest in the global aspects of stroke. He spearheaded the effort for establishment of the first stroke unit and thrombolysis services in Ethiopia in 2021-2022. Under the auspices of the WSO he organized and led a hands-on workshop on stroke care in the context of the 3rd African Stroke Organization Conference in 2023. He has several ongoing stroke clinical research collaborations in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt.

Mark Bayley Professor and Program Medical Director

www.uhn.ca mark.bayley@uhn.ca

Mark Bayley is Program Medical Director & Physiatrist-in-Chief at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is a Professor at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,. He holds the Coriat Family Chair in Rehabilitation Innovations at the University Health Network.

His Research has three foci:

  1. Enhancing neurological recovery through novel combinations of therapies. He has led large randomized controlled trials including the the EVREST (Efficacy of Virtual Reality Exercises using Wii gaming technology in STroke Rehabilitation). He is also very interested in robotics and telerehabilitation for recovery.

ii) Improving outcomes through ensuring implementation of best practice guidelines eg. www.strokebestpractices.ca and smartphone app to determine post stroke arm rehabilitation (www.viatherapy.org).

iii) Studies of early predictive assessment tools that are determinants of outcomes such as early AlphaFIM score

Jörg Wissel Professor, MD, FRCP


Prof. Jörg Wissel, MD, FRCP is a specialist in Neurorehabilitation, Movement Disorders and Botulinumtoxin treatment. He is board certified Neurologist, Rehabilitation specialist and Psychotherapist and authored more than 135 original articles. Since 2012 he is head of the Department Neurorehabilitation and Physical Therapy at Vivantes Hospital Spandau in Berlin, Germany. Since 2000 he is Professor of Neurology and member of the faculty at University of Innsbruck, Austria. Since 2010 he is also Professor of Neurology at University of Potsdam, Germany. He was Member of the Board of the German Neurorehabilitation Society, scientific advisor of the German Dystonia Society (patient association) and was chair of the German Botulinumtoxin User Group of the German Society of Neurology (AK-Btx of the DGN). Since 2022 he is Director and member of the board of the International Neurotoxin Association (INA) and chair of the Spasticity Sudy Group of the Movement Disorder Society (MDS).

Stefano Carda Deputy head at the Neurorehabilitation & neuropsychology service at Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland,


Stefano Carda MD, obtained his medical degree and PhD at University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy and his PM&R graduation from the University of Insubria, Italy.

He currently holds the position of Deputy head at the Neurorehabilitation & neuropsychology service at Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland, where he leads the Spasticity program. Member of ToxNet group and co-leads the Educational Committee of CANOSC.

He is also Senior Lecturer at the University of Lausanne and responsible for post-graduate teaching in neurorehabilitation.

His main field of interest and research are spasticity treatment, ultrasound guidance, spinal cord injuries and neuromotor rehabilitation.

He has authored and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters.

Thierry Deltombe Professor


Professor Thierry Deltombe is the head of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department at the CHU UcL Namur site Godinne of the well-known Université de Louvain (UcL) in Belgium. He is the Past- President of the Belgian PM&R scientific society and a member of the executive committee of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine. He also lead the Toxnet group composed for an international panel of expert in spasticity management.

For 20 years, he is the head of an interdisciplinary group devoted to the spasticity treatment. The group also includes a neurosurgeon (Prof. T. Gustin), three orthopaedic surgeons (Drs F. Bom, D. Hadj-Sadok and D. Wautier), an anaesthesist (Dr. M. Fostier), a neurologist (Prof. M. Ossemann) and a rehab team. He published more than 60 papers dealing neurorehabilitation, spasticity assessement (diagnostic nerve block) and spasticity treatments (botulinum toxin, neurotomy and interdisciplinary management).

Eleanor Elisabeth Mohith-de Muinck Keizer Dr (GP)


Dr. EE Mohith graduated from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Medical Faculty in 1988. She later completed her General Practitioner (GP) training, GP Vocational Training Scheme (VTS), and earned a Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRCOG) in the United Kingdom. Dr. Mohith has held various positions, including long-term GP locums in Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas.

Since her move to Mauritius in 2003, her professional scope has encompassed a private practice GP at Clinique Darne, a school doctor, a food company GP, Artemis Hospital GP, and Therapy Horses EquiRx.

In 2015, Dr. Mohith founded Therapy Horses EquiRx, a part-time rehabilitation service that utilizes a psychomotor-centric model with trained horses and animals to enhance functional independence. The service collaborates with allied health professionals to ensure tailored, evidence-based care. Her focus on animal-assisted rehabilitation reflects her dedication to holistic patient care.

Rajiv Reebye Professor

Rajiv Reebye

I am a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Professor at the University of British Columbia, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

I am very involved in curriculum design with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and also Fellowship Director of the Neurorehabilitation and Spasticity programs at UBC. I am the chair of the Mauritius stroke workshop/confernce.

Ms Heather Dow


Heather Dow, CPhT, CAE, CPC(HC), HPDE, HMCC is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director/CEO for the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R), Canadian Association of Pathologists-Association canadiennes des pathologistes (CAP-ACP), the Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Association (CSCI-RA) and Canadian Advances in Neuro-Orthopedics for Spasticity Consortium (CANOSC).

Heather chairs the CEO Roundtable of Canadian National Medical Organizations, contributes to the Community of Interest Working Group for the Coalition for Physician Learning and Practice Improvement, participates in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada CPD Accreditation Committee (RCPSC), Rapid Response Team – CPD, and the RCPSC National Specialty Summit Committee for the National Accreditation Conference.

Internationally, Heather is a member of the Workforce Committee for the World Rehabilitation Alliance under the World Health Organization and a Management Committee member for the Center for Promotion of Rehabilitation Medicine and Disability Research in Yaoundé, Cameroon. She collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Mauritius focusing on education and research.

A sought-after speaker for national and international scientific and medical education conferences, Heather addresses topics related to technology use with synchronous and asynchronous delivery platforms. Her contributions extend to several published peer-reviewed journal articles in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and pathology specialties.