Mission and Vision
The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) are dedicated to preventing meningitis worldwide because we can and we should. Working closely with our members and partners, we unite under a shared mission of moving towards a world free from meningitis.
CoMO is committed to helping achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development through our projects, particularly those relating to:
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 10: Reduce Inequalities worldwide
Goal 17: Global partnership for sustainable development
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 40 countries to help prevent meningitis through:
Raising awareness of meningitis
Advocating for meningitis vaccines worldwide
Supporting our members worldwide
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 80 members from 40 countries.
What we do
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:
1. Global Advocacy
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.
2. 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 connection to assist our members to demonstrate the impact meningitis has on a personal and global level. We 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.
Our website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn) contain information for the general public. As anyone can contract meningitis at any time it’s important that we all learn the signs and symptoms and get involved to #DefeatMeningitis. Our communications are also intended for patient groups focusing on meningitis, who provide people with essential support worldwide (Find a Member here).
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