The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations Inc. (CoMO) is an international member organisation working to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis worldwide.
CoMO brings together patient groups, health professionals and organisations, meningitis survivors and families from more than 30 countries to help prevent meningitis through:
CoMO was founded in September 2004 at the World Conference of Meningitis Organisations when delegates from across the world agreed to work together in the fight against meningitis. Today, CoMO represents 58 member organisations and nearly 20 Friends from 34 countries.
Our purpose is to prevent meningitis worldwide because we can and we should.
Anyone can get meningitis: the disease kills or disables hundreds of thousands of people each year. Everyone has the right to prevention and treatment but awareness of the disease varies from country to country and not all immunisation programs include vaccines that prevent meningitis.
CoMO works with its members to address these issues through two core initiatives:
Meningitis is an important global health issue that should be on every government’s agenda. By bringing our members together, CoMO speaks on behalf of a significant global community – one voice, one message. Together, we can’t be ignored.
CoMO coordinates international advocacy campaigns to raise awareness of meningitis, lobby for policy change and fight for global prevention and treatment.
Member Development and Support
CoMO’s members bring together a wealth of experience and real-life stories. Our members also provide much needed on-the-ground support to meningitis patients, survivors and families.
We provide tools, networks and support to assist our members to demonstrate the impact that meningitis has on a personal and global level, and that support their local efforts to raise awareness of the disease and advocate for prevention in their country/region. We also work to identify existing organisations to become CoMO members and help establish new organisations in areas where none exist.