National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM)

About The Organisation

National Stroke Association of Malaysia is an NGO and the first non-profit organization in south-east Asia concerned with stroke rehabilitation. The story of founder Janet Yeo’s recovery from stroke in the local newspapers and the overwhelming response led to the formation of a stroke support group. As interest and the number of stroke survivors grew, NASAM was officially registered with the Registry of Societies in 1996 to help stroke survivors recover from their disabilities and to give support to their families.


NASAM’s mission is to inform the public that there is life after stroke through proper rehabilitation and to promote the concept of stroke prevention. Apart from physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy, recreational activities are also arranged to enhance the quality of life of the stroke survivors.
Risks on stroke can be reduced or prevented
Early rehabilitation reduces long-term dependency
There is life after stroke NASAM’s Activities
Provides rehabilitation services to stroke survivors
Organizes talks and campaigns on stroke prevention

NASAM Centres

As stroke is the third largest killer disease in Malaysia, it is NASAM’s aim to open up a centre in every state in the country with the objective of providing rehab therapy to enable stroke survivors to regain as normal a life as possible within the limits of their disabilities. From one centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, NASAM now operates seven other centres in Ampang, Penang, Ipoh, Malacca, Johor Bahru, Kuantan and Kota Kinabalu. Daily, more than 350 stroke survivors attend therapy at NASAM centres throughout the country.


To achieve its mission, NASAM relies almost entirely on the goodwill of volunteers and generosity of the public. As a non-profit organization, NASAM also looks to corporations to donate cash towards its operating costs or sponsor its activities or projects.

In addition, NASAM organizes fundraising events such as Food & Fun Fair, Malaysia’s Biggest Breakfast, etc to cover its annual operational costs of about RM1.8 million.

For its stroke prevention campaigns and training of therapists, sponsors may wish to sponsor the costs involved such as travelling and accommodation, printed materials, etc. Projects which require sponsorship may include the printing of books, pamphlets, purchase of therapy equipment, office equipment, sponsorship of NASAM representation at the bi-annual World Stroke Congress, etc.

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