Instituto Pedro Arthur raised awareness of World Meningitis Day at the iconic landmark, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was attended by a number of Brazilian celebrities, including the very famous Cleo Pires.
The goal of this gathering was to build on the 980,000 signatures they already have for their petition that is lobbying government to pass a law to make it mandatory for children to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis.
The Brazilian constitutional requirement is that at least 1% of Brazil’s population (1,226,000 people) need to sign a petition to create a law. They’re well on their way!
The Dylan McNeil Foundation in Oregon USA, arranged for a
two part news story to feature on their local channel, due to breaking news the story was shown the week after
World Meningitis Day.
The Immunization Partnership, in the USA, went to the Texas Senate for the proclamation of Texas Meningitis Day on 25 April.
They joined with The J.A.M.I.E. Group to lobby local government legislators to promote legislation that will demand all 16 year olds be vaccinated against meningitis and ensure the requirements for college students to be vaccinated are in line with the recommendation from Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice.
To raise awareness of WMD and gain ‘rock star status’ the Meningitis Research Foundation of Canada (MRFC), decided to join hands against meningitis in a different way. 116 storeys above ground, six brave individuals completed the EdgeWalk at Toronto’s iconic CN Tower and joined hands to generate interest in the Day.
In the House of Commons, a local MP provided a member statement recognising WMD, along with proclamation from various local mayors.
The Becky Werner Meningitis Foundation in Wisconsin USA, recognised World Meningitis Day by holding their annual 5km walk. This year marked the fourth WMD walk for the Foundation.