Collaborative capacity development to complement stroke rehabilitation in Africa

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Quinette Louw




This scholarly book focuses on stroke in Africa. Stroke is a leading cause of disability among adults of all ages, contributing significantly to health care costs related to long-term implications, particularly if rehabilitation is sub-optimal. Given the burden of stroke in Africa, there is a need for a book that focuses on functioning African stroke survivors and the implications for rehabilitation within the African context. In addition, there is a need to progress with contextualised, person-centred, evidence-based guidance for the rehabilitation of people with stroke in Africa, thereby enabling them to lead socially and economically meaningful lives. The research incorporated in the book used a range of primary and secondary methodological approaches (scoping reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, descriptive studies, surveys, health economics, and clinical practice guideline methodology) to shed new insights into African-centred issues and strategies to optimise function post-stroke. 


  • Chapter 1
    Stroke rehabilitation services in Africa – challenges and opportunities: A scoping review of the literature
    Nassib Tawa, Anthea Rhoda, Yolandi Brink, Gerard Urimubenshi, Marlie Giljam-Enright, Maria Y Charumbira, Sjan-Mari Van Niekerk, Quinette Louw
  • Chapter 2
    A review of the communication needs of persons with stroke within the African context for application within the clinical setting
    Alida de Beer, Ashley Gaskin, Andrea Robbertse, Faeza Bardien
  • Chapter 3
    Nurses’ perceptions of barriers to collaborative care of communication difficulties and dysphagia in persons with stroke
    Faeza Bardien, Andrea Robbertse, Daleen Klop, Ashley Gaskin, Alida de Beer
  • Chapter 4
    The effect of interventions to support mental health post-stroke in Africa: A systematic review
    Nicola A Plastow, Lana van Niekerk, Lizahn Cloete, Dominique Leibbrandt
  • Chapter 5
    The well-being of family members as informal caregivers of persons with stroke in an African context: Understanding their lived experience
    Lee-Ann Jacobs-Nzuzi Khuabi, Juanita Bester, Maatje Kloppers, Bianca Crous, Kayla Crous, Ruth Petersen, Sibongile Kumalo
  • Chapter 6
    Complexities related to the measurement of activity, participation and quality of life amongst people with stroke within the African context: A scoping review
    Linzette Morris, Gakeemah Inglis-Jassiem, Adnil Titus, Nassib Tawa, Yolandi Brink
  • Chapter 7
    Measurement of stroke-related balance dysfunction in Africa
    Gakeemah Inglis-Jassiem, Adnil Titus, Marlette Burger, Tasneem Hartley, Hesti Steyn, Karina Berner
  • Chapter 8
    The social determinants of health in rural and urban South Africa: A collective case study of Xhosa women with stroke
    Marlie Giljam-Enright, Sue Statham, Gakeemah Inglis-Jassiem, Lana van Niekerk
  • Chapter 9
    South African stroke rehabilitation pathways and associated rehabilitation costs
    Karen Grimmer, Dominique Leibbrandt, Dawn Ernstzen, Linzette Morris, Sjan-Mari Van Niekerk, Gakeemah Inglis-Jassiem
  • Chapter 10
    Contextualised evidence-based rehabilitation recommendations to optimise function in African people with stroke
    Quinette Louw, Janine Dizon, Sjan-Mari Van Niekerk, Dawn Ernstzen, Karen Grimmer


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