Africa Regional Members
Association des Volontaires aux Personnes Vulnérables et aux Enfants Orphelins (AVPVEO) (South Kivu, DRC)
The AVPVEO NGO is a human rights and development organization working in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They works on awareness raising, surveillance, reporting, documentation and monitoring of abuses, human rights violations, promotion of development and combating meningitis in the Eastern region in particular and in the DRC in general. The AVPVEO NGO represents CoMO in the DRC with the objective of supporting CoMO to put in place effective measures to achieve its mission in Africa and around the world.
Care and Development Centre (CADEC) (Nigeria)
Care and Development Centre (CADEC), a Nigerian Non-Governmental Organisation, was set up in 2011. Their mission is to be a prominent Non-Governmental Organisation that empowers vulnerable people through their participatory approach.
CADEC focuses on programs that are geared towards wealth creation, social justice, sexualities and health education. Through education and participatory approaches, their initiatives aim to create and enhance sustainable environments, livelihood, self-esteem, economic empowerment, community development, and good governance.
In the area of health education, CADEC takes a participatory approach and works in the community to educate its members on preventive health issues. In line with this, CADEC is actively promoting the uptake of vaccines and immunization services in the Nigerian community.
Caritas Nigeria (Nigeria)
Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (Caritas Nigeria) was established in 2010 as a development agency of the Catholic Church in Nigeria. With focus on six key thematic areas namely: Health, Agriculture, Education, Good governance, Environment/Emergency Response and Institutional Capacity-strengthening and Anti-Human Trafficking/Forced Migration. Their mission is to stimulate and drive development into every segment of the ever-complex and rapidly growing Nigerian society.
Caritas Nigeria's health portfolio is robust and covers broadly communicable and non-communicable diseases including malaria, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and meningitis. Caritas Nigeria has within the last six years implemented several community-based development interventions (across the different program areas of healthcare), impacting millions of lives and families. They are currently in partnership with 1376 faith-based health facilities and 375 schools scattered spread across very hard-to-reach and under-served communities in the country.
During the outbreak of the meningitis in Nigeria at the start of 2017 which claimed over 800 lives, Caritas Nigeria launched a very effective campaign against meningitis where over 3000 persons across the country were immunized. This was combined with massive public awareness and advocacy on meningitis targeting various predisposed communities (churches, market places, villages etc.). The machinery for this has been adopted and incorporated into the organizations programming.
Concern Health Education Project (Ghana)
Concern Health Education Project is a registered NGO and works in the area of Health advocacy in Ghana. Founded by Isaac Ampomah in 2004, CHEP now works with over 500 target groups across Ghana to raise awareness of Hepatitis B, Meningitis and TB. CHEP works at a grassroots level, empowering the community through the engagement of volunteers (both national and international) in their projects. They also engage policy makers and policy enforcers in dialogue with the communities and catalyse participatory approaches on health issues, environment, human rights and good governance.
Within the Health Systems Strengthening, CHEP works to advocate against weaknesses in the district health services and is currently working on GAVI’s HSS Immunization support program in Ghana. This involves creating demand for immunization services in communities of Ghana as a means to increase community voices on the importance of immunization.
Gambo General Rural Hospital (Ethiopia)
Gambo Hospital is located in a rural area in southern Ethiopia where infant mortality is high and where basic food needs are not covered, so there is a high rate of malnutrition and infectious diseases like meningitis, measles, pneumonia, sepsis.
Gambo General Rural Hospital provides curative and preventive health care services to the community and is committed to improve access and quality of care.
The number of patients in hospital and outpatient services is growing and the hospital's diagnostic capacity has improved accordingly over the past five years.
Gambo Hospital provides health care services to a referral population of more than 450,000 people.
They are committed to fight against meningitis in different ways: community awareness, health education, prevention, vaccination, early detection, health professionals training, antibiotics, and medical equipment.
Medicure & Trauma Centre (Mbale District, Uganda)
Medicure & Trauma Med. Centre with pharmacy and laboratories is a legally registered health facility operating in Uganda since 2012. It is registered under the Ministry Of Health in Uganda and all services provided at the facility are supervised by Uganda Allied Health professional Council (UAHPC), a regulatory body for health services for both private and Government Health workers. Their major aim is to overcome meningitis (and septicaemia) though prevention, early detection, early treatment, and management of meningitis complications, along with participating in research regarding those topics. They actively demonstrate their ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center. It provides evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients including:
Basic emergency department facilities to implement ATLS protocols and 24-hour laboratory coverage. With Available trauma nurse(s) and physicians available upon patient arrival.
Provide surgery and critical-care services (Orthopedic).
They have developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center.
They have Incorporated a comprehensive quality assessment programme.
They are Involved with prevention efforts and have an active outreach programme for their referring communities
Other services include general medical, paediatrics, laboratory & dental services
Contact via phone: +256752044760 or via email: email@example.com
Meningitis Association of South Africa (Cape Town, South Africa)
The Meningitis Association of South Africa was established to raise awareness of meningitis and other infections of the central nervous system throughout South Africa.
The association uses education systems and research to provide support and education to patients and families, increase awareness of meningitis, promote more information to healthcare professionals, and to raise funds to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of meningitis. Visit the Meningitis Association of South Africa's Facebook page for more information about this member organisation.
Meningitis Information, Care and Research Foundation (Kenya)
Our vision is to see Kenya free from meningitis and septicaemia.
Meningitis Information, Care and Research Foundation (MIF) is a non-profit establishment registered in Kenya in 2018. We are the first meningitis foundation in Kenya dedicated to fighting meningitis in East Africa. MICRF aims to raise awareness and sensitize society about the signs and symptoms of meningitis and offer support services to those affected. In future, our trained field staff will assess where the charity will be most beneficial in providing support.
For more information, email MICRF.
Mustard Vision For Sustainable Development (MUVSUD) (Cameroon)
Mustard Vision For Sustainable Development is a non-political and non-profit organisation working towards the development of Cameroon society in key areas including agriculture, education, health, gender and environment, to name a few. They are focused and determined to do the maximum amount possible within their capacity and resources to raise local and international awareness by adopting strategies to deal with the aforementioned areas, of which meningitis is included. With meningitis being one of MUVSUD's focus areas, they are striving to achieve their vision of a future where no one in Cameroon loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives. For more information, email Elangwe Samuel or call +237677876040.
Parents of Disabled Children Association of Malawi (PODCAM) (Malawi)
PODCAM is a non-profit organisation that has over 16,200 members across Malawi. PODCAM seeks to assist children with disabilities, irrespective of age, to maximise their potential as individuals and determine every aspect of their lives. This is achieved through empowering the parents of children with disabilities, conducting civic education, and mitigating the impact of abuse among children with disabilities.
The goal of the organisation is to create a society that will promote the rights, survival, protection, and development of the children with various disabilities. PODCAM is also educating the Malawian community on the causes, symptoms and treatments associated with meningitis.
For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Step Up Charity (Uganda)
Step Up Charity empowers communities to live better and have sustainable livelihoods through meeting their health needs. You can get in touch with Mwebe Fred, the Director of the charity, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Youths is an NGO created by a group of young people who aim to promote civic harmony and to spread values of peace and respect for humanity. United Youths promote education schemes, volunteering and environmental conservation projects. United Youths use training programmes which aim to improve literacy in society and inform members of the community about how institutions such as local health care services and grassroots organisations can improve life for everybody. Being a member of CoMO will allow United Youths to inform people living in Guinea of the dangers of meningitis. For more information, call +224622378770 or email United Youths.
Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (Nigeria)
Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA), is a coalition of women-focused Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria advocating for increased health access, improved routine immunization uptake and sustainable primary healthcare financing in Nigeria. WAVA is a registered entity with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria. As at April 2017, there were 47 member organizations in 19 states, spread across all 6 geopolitical zones in the country. Together, WAVA members and WAVA Champions envision a world where individuals, irrespective of their gender, creed, value or physical attributes have unhindered access to vaccination to improve their well-being and advance the collective good.
With a rich network of collaborators and a national profile, WAVA’s strategic approach is three pronged: first we mobilize additional voices as vaccine advocates; second, we to train, network and coordinate Champions and organisations to be effective advocates; third we provide advocates with, or link them to resources they need to be successful - such as, evidence, technical support and small grants.
Following the recent outbreak of Meningitis C in Nigeria, which has claimed over 1000 lives as at May 12, 2017, WAVA stepped into the forefront of information dissemination. We released a press statement calling for funding and increased uptake of the Meningitis C vaccine. Acknowledged by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), the press statement also commended the quick response and synergy among the various government agencies and partners in managing the cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) outbreak.
WAVA remains committed to building and strengthening partnerships across Nigeria, Africa and beyond, to promote evidence-based interventions that reduce vaccine preventable diseases like meningitis
Friends of CoMO
Friends of CoMO
Dr Obinna Ebirim - Abuja, Nigeria
My name is Dr. Obinna Ebirim and I am a public health physician and vaccine champion from Nigeria. I'm involved in immunization advocacy and wish to contribute to raising awareness of meningitis. This is especially important given the recent outbreak of Meningitis in Nigeria and my country being in the meningitis belt.
I have over five years’ experience in public health, clinical health, political technical assistance, advocacy, youth development and leadership. I am a Senior Associate at DCL Nigeria, Senior Technical Advisor for Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA), Co-founder of Impact Driven Young Leaders (IDYL) Initiative, Content Developer of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Abuja, a Fellow of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Being a Friend of CoMO provides me with the platform, network and technical resources that will aid my meningitis advocacy activities including awareness creation. See my Facebook and Twitter pages.
Charity Githuka - Kenya
I am a 30 year old survivor and through my experience would highly like to be in the fight against this giant. The mark on my head is as a result of medicines used to treat meningitis when I was barely 2 years old. I have gone through hell but am glad I can join this team to create awareness of this disease.
Dr Jeannière Manegabe - Bukavu, DRC
Dr Jeannière Manegabe is a young health professional from the Democratic Republic of Congo who received her doctorate degree in Medicine at the Evangelical University in Africa in 2015. In 2018, she was a Mandela Washington fellow at Indiana University, USA. She is passionate about children’s health because she believes that the future of the world lies with children. Since 2018, she has been completing her residency at the Evangelical University in Africa and works as an attending physician and researcher in the Department of Pediatrics at Panzi Hospital.
Jean Jacques Iradukunda - Rwanda
I co-Founded Igire Rwanda Organization, a youth empowerment organization that seeks to provide young people with the skills they need to access job opportunities or create their own small businesses.
I have also worked with a team to fund Kepler Global Health Club which raises Health awareness around the community, and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management.
I am currently working as a Quantitative Classes course facilitator at Kepler Kiziba. I like social entrepreneurship and reading books about business, health and African Politics.
Nelvise Kpulam Tata- Kumba, Cameroon
My name is Nelvise Kpulam Tata. I became a Friend of CoMO to raise awareness of meningitis and contribute to a future where no-one in Cameroon loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives. Please feel free to email me with any questions: email@example.com.
Amatus Nemeye Mpabanzi - DRC
Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges with potential for cerebral infirmity, sudden death, epilepsy, deafness and hydrocephalus. The Congolese people, especially North Kivu, need help for the prevention of this illness in pre-schooling age with the vaccine against meningitis. Dietary, medical and, if possible, clothing care for people living with the sequelae quoted above is needed. To achieve the objective, I hope CoMO can collaborate with the Congolese government to enable us to work well.
Ogbodo Bliss Osiakefan - Nigeria
I am a graduate of Microbiology, seeking to become a research scientist, self motivated individual. I am from Nigeria one of the countries greatly affected by meningitis. I love children and music.
Sadiki Gisèle - Democratic Republic of Congo
I have become a CoMO member because I would like to know more about meningitis and to explain to my community about meningitis.