Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Hong Kong, killing about 3,000 people each year. With a generous donation from the Bank of China (Hong Kong), HKBU and the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH) Welfare Council launched the three-year "BOC-HKBU Chinese Medicine Community Stroke Prevention and Rehabilitation Scheme" in October 2020. The Scheme provides free Chinese medicine rehabilitation treatments to 500 eligible low-income stroke patients, and it also offers free preventive treatments and tracking assessments to 1,200 people who have a medium to high risk of having a stroke.
Under the Scheme, experts from the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) formed treatment teams and formulated a six-month treatment programme for stroke patients, who will receive free Chinese medicine, acupuncture and massage treatments two to three times a week, up to 72 times in total.
In terms of stroke prevention, SCM clinics and the HKSKH Welfare Council's elderly centres set up health management stations for stroke patients, with SCM offering training to suitable older people who will then go on and serve as Elderly Health Ambassadors for stroke prevention. In addition, a mobile app was developed to help the elderly assess their risk of stroke, and seminars and workshops were held to advise post-stroke patients and their caregivers on the kinds of diets, exercises and tui-na which can facilitate recovery.