Speaker Biography

Mr. Ibraham Bukenya

Stroke Foundation, Uganda.


Mr. Ibraham Bukenya

Ibrahim Bukenya is the Principal Physiotherapist of Stroke Foundation Uganda (SFU) ages 36 years. Stroke Foundation Uganda is in partnership with Stroke Rehabilitation Centre. We offer physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Speech and Language therapy, Counseling, Nutrition and Follow-up assessment.


Stroke is a “brain attack”. It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost. There are a number of methods stroke is diagnosed. One is through a brain computed tomography (MRI) scan (brain CT scan) which can show bleeding in the brain or damage to the brain cells from a stroke. The test also can show other brain conditions that may be causing the symptoms. One can also use Medical history where the Doctor will ask you or a family member about your risk factors include high blood pressure,diabetes,heart disease and a personal or family history about stroke. Your Doctor also will ask about the signs and symptoms when they began. Diagnosis can also be done through physical examination, your doctor will check your mental alertness and your co-ordination and balance, he or she will check for numbness in your face, arms, legs, confusion, and trouble speaking and seeing clearly. Awareness of stroke can be made through the media such as TV show, radio   programs, Facebook, whatsapp, internet, YouTube; Instagram. Results may either be positive or negative. If positive the client is referred for rehabilitation and If negative further tests and scans can be done to identify the case. Diagnosis and stroke awareness has greatly helped to prevent or control stroke.