Europe Africa Regional Members
ACT for Meningitis (Galway, Ireland)
Offering meningitis awareness and support across Ireland, ACT for Meningitis was set up in 2011 after its CEO, Siobhan, lost her daughter Aoibhe to the disease. Read Siobhan and Noel’s Story.
The organisation provides a range of educational resources, awareness talks and support services for individuals and families affected by meningitis, including counselling and play therapy.
Antimeningokok (Prague, Czech Republic)
Andrea Brzobohata founded Antimeningokok in 2012 as a result of her own personal experience of meningococcal meningitis.
Andrea lost both her legs to meningitis C and after years of rehabilitation decided to raise awareness of meningitis in the Czech Republic, and to help other survivors and their families to cope with the after-effects of the disease.
Antimeningokok provides information and organises regular events to educate people about the disease. For more information contact Andrea on
+420 602 765 685, email Antimeningokok, or visit their website.
Asociación Española contra la Meningitis (Spain)
Asociación Española contra la Meningitis was established in 2016 by volunteers and employees of the Fundación Irene Megías Contra la Meningitis (FIMM) after its closure due to financial difficulties. AEM is very proud to continue the hard work of being THE voice against meningitis in Spain. The support of the Scientific Committee Advisory Group of the FIMM has been fundamental in this new phase.
AEM provides information about meningitis symptoms to raise awareness and promotes vaccinations throughout Spain.
Association Petit Ange and Association Audrey - Ensemble contre les Méningites (France)
Little Angel Association and Association Audrey - Together Against Meningitis
Association Petit Ange and Association Audrey were both established to help, inform, encourage discussion and engage people in meningitis with the hope to raise awareness of the disease across France. They formed the coalition, Ensemble contre les Méningites, working to defeat all forms of meningitis across the country. Specifically, the coalition works to:
Help families affected by meningitis and often the loss of a child.
Inform people about meningitis, what causes the disease, the possible outcomes and ways to prevent the disease.
Encourage discussion about meningitis by sharing personal stories and photos through their Facebook page.
Engage people to build awareness of the disease at events and through the media.
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.
Barnplantorna (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Barnplantorna is an organisation who supports people with hearing loss, many of whom may have resulted from pneumococcal meningitis.
Barnplantorna encourage early hearing tests, provide information materials, as well as offering a range of services to parents and professionals in child care and education.
In 2007 Barnplantorna successfully lobbied for the pneumococcal vaccine to be included on the National Immunisation Schedule in Sweden.
Visit the Barnplantorna website for more information about this member organisation.
Bekæmp Meningitis (Denmark)
Offering meningitis awareness and support across Denmark, Bekæmp Meningitis was set up in 2018 after its Chairman, Ivar, lost his son Hans to the disease. Read Hans’ story here.
The organisation provides a range of educational resources and awareness talks and engages in the public debate for a better health system with improved patient safety.
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.
Fundacja Aby zyc (Krakow, Poland)
Fundacja Aby zyc (‘Foundation to Live’) was established in 2007 after the co-founder’s daughter contacted meningococcal C. It provides information on ways to prevent, diagnose and treat life-threatening diseases that affect the nervous system. Read Andrez’s Story.
The organisation delivers educational programs and campaigns across Poland and provides funding for vaccines to those who cannot afford them. It also helps with the rehabilitation of children after neuro-infections.
Gemeinsam gegen Meningokokken (Germany)
Together against Meningitis
Gemeinsam gegen Meningokokken creates awareness of bacterial meningitis amongst the public and health care professionals of Germany, providing them with information about the disease. The group are committed to providing support to those who are affected by the disease.
Visit the Gemeinsam gegen Meningokokken website for more information.
Group B Strep Support (GBSS) (UK)
Group B Strep Support (GBSS) was founded in 1996 and is the only UK charity dedicated to eradicating group B Strep infections, including meningitis, in babies.
GBSS supports families affected by group B Strep and their health professionals by providing relevant, evidence-based information and education about Strep B. Their aim is to ensure that every pregnant woman is informed about group B Strep as a routine part of her antenatal care, and offered the opportunity to have a test for GBS carriage late in pregnancy.
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.
Méningites France – Association Audrey (Écouflant, France)
Founded in 2000, Association Audrey was formed following the death of the Voisine family’s 12-year-old daughter to inform people about the first signs and symptoms of the disease and its serious consequences. Read Jimmy and Véronique's Story.
Committed to raising awareness of meningitis, the organisation now known as Méningites France – Association Audrey provides training, events, publications and support for other parents and families in France and beyond.
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.
Meningitis Now (Stroud, UK)
Meningitis Now is a new charity, with almost 30 years’ experience, formed in October 2013 by bringing together Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Trust, the founders of the meningitis movement in the UK. It’s a new name but the charity has the same goals.
Meningitis Now is leading the fight against meningitis in the UK. Its vision is a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives.
The charity provides a powerful, united voice for individuals, families, communities, experts and professionals who know just how devastating meningitis can be.
The charity has six priorities:
Supporting prevention. To support research that finds new, and enhances existing, vaccines to save lives and prevent disability. Campaigning for the introduction of licensed vaccines as soon as they become available.
Making sure no one faces meningitis alone. Over half a million people living in the UK have had meningitis and many thousands of families have been left facing a future without a loved one. Without vaccines to protect against all types, meningitis continues to strike, devastating families across the UK. The charity will continue to reach out to everyone affected.
Listen and respond to the needs of people affected. Helping to rebuild futures, listening and responding positively to anyone affected.
Reducing the impact of meningitis and fighting for the rights of those affected. Awareness is key – rapid identification of the disease through better education has always been a priority.
Raising the funds to deliver its plans. The charity receives no central government funding and needs to raise £4 million each year to carry out its work.
Being a united, focused and effective organisation. Being inspired by the individuals and families it works with.
Meningitis Research Foundation (Bristol, UK)
Established in 1989, the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is the UK’s largest meningitis research charity. It was set up by a group of parents whose children had been affected by meningitis or septicaemia.
MRF funds research into prevention, detection and treatment of the diseases, promotes education and awareness amongst health professionals and the public, and provides support to those affected. It has funded more than 130 research projects worth nearly £17 million, developed widely used guidelines for treating meningitis and septicaemia in hospitals and a prevention guideline to reduce cases in newborn babies. It also launched the world’s first Meningococcal Genome Library as a free online resource for scientists around the globe.
MRF’s Counting the Cost campaign established the true costs on society of those seriously disabled by meningitis – helping to influence the likely introduction of a MenB vaccine in the UK in the near future.
Meningokockfonden (Täby, Sweden)
Meningokockfonden was founded in 2020 by the mother and father of Mathias Bennborn who sadly lost his life to the disease in 2019 two weeks before turning 18 years old. Read Christine’s story.
Meningokockfonden is a non-profit organization registered in Sweden. Our vision is a world free of meningitis and sepsis, and our main goal is to raise awareness and spread information to the public about the disease and about the vaccines that are available. The ultimate long-term goal is to get the vaccines into the national vaccination program in Sweden so that meningitis can be defeated.
For more information, contact Christine Bennborn on +46 70 266 7160, email the foundation at Info@meningokockfonden.se or visit the Meningokockfonden website. Follow Meningokockfonden on: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Movimento Italiano Genitori Onlus - MOIGE (Rome, Italy)
Movimento Italiano Genitori Onlus is a non-governmental organisation that works to protect and inform parents and families. Currently working with more than 30,000 parents across 30 provinces, it was established in 1997 by a small group of parents who found that they lacked information about parenthood.
MOIGE delivers a diverse range of projects for children, parents and grandparents in schools, cities and malls across Italy.
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.
Nederlandse Meningitis Stichting (NMS) (Netherlands)
The Nederlandse Meningitis Stichting (NMS) is an organisation run by volunteers to support families who have experienced meningitis, encephalitis and septicaemia.
The NMS is dedicated to sharing information and experiences via its website, by distributing brochures, and delivering presentations to medical professionals and the general public to raise awareness of these diseases. They also offer a 24-hour telephone service to support those in an emergency situation.
By giving small grants to science graduates, the NMS supports research into meningitis prevention, diagnosis, treatment and the after-effects of the disease.
Visit the Nederlandse Meningitis Stichting website for more information.
Liberi dalla Meningite (Italy)
National Committee Against Meningitis
In 2011, the parents of two children who passed away from meningococcal disease established the National Committee Against Meningitis. The committee is the first advocacy group in Italy who focuses only on meningitis.
The National Committee aims to fight meningitis across Italy by providing information about the signs, symptoms and risks of meningitis as well as information about how to prevent this devastating disease. The committee also provides support to the lives affected by meningitis.
Visit the National Committee Against Meningitis website for more information about this member organisation.
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.
The UK Sepsis Trust
The UK Sepsis Trust seeks to save lives and improve outcomes for survivors of sepsis by instigating political change, educating healthcare professionals, raising public awareness and providing support for those affected by this devastating condition. UKST’s critical expertise is based in the charity’s grassroots origins – their doctors and nurses have front line, first-hand experience of the sepsis problem; their passion is born of a uniquely comprehensive understanding of what needs to be done.
The urgent need to improve sepsis care in the UK drives the team forward as they continue to work in hospitals while volunteering their time to advance the sepsis agenda.
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
Mehmet Gençel - Istanbul, Turkey
My name is Mehmet, I am from Istanbul, Turkey and I am 40 years old. In my day job I am an exporter and my main activity is in construction and signage.
Because of my business I travel a lot and so I have a lot of international friends. Mr. Andrzrej Kuczara is a friend of mine from Poland and he introduced me to CoMO. Andrzrej’s daughter Dominica’s story affected me greatly. I have two kids Jasmine (8) and Ahmet Efe (10) and I imagined if they caught this disease what would I do? I believe that “People show their humanity in making the world a better place.” So I became a friend of CoMO to make the world better and to try to save a life. So ı can help people who have been affected by meningitis and I can inform them, I can warn parents against this disease and can support people during treatment.
My plan is to become more active on social media and to form an organisation to inform and make people aware of this disease. My aim is to save at least one life in my lifetime as to me, that’s like saving the whole world. See my Facebook page, Instagram page, Twitter page, or send me an email at email@example.com.
Since becoming a member of CoMO Mehmet has created the Menenjit Bilgi Merkezi, a centre in Turkey that has reached thousands with lifesaving information on meningitis.
Josephine Jurell - Norway
My name is Josephine Jurell and I live outside Oslo, Norway. I am the mother of Leonardo who died very suddenly in January 2019 from acute meningitis caused by pneumococcal bacteria. He was a vaccinated and healthy 20 months old happy boy with a big personality. The doctors misdiagnosed him with urinary infection or influenza so the treatment for meningitis was delayed by many hours and he died from swelling of the brain.
This is a devastating disease that can happen to anyone at any age and any time and it needs fast diagnosis and treatment. Before Leonardo died I was not aware or informed about meningitis and the symptoms that can occur. I want to raise awareness about the disease, symptoms and importance of vaccination among the people in Norway. I would also like to provide the Norwegian health institutions with updated information from other countries with more knowledge about meningitis and sepsis.
I will never get my Leonardo back, but hopefully I can save others lives and prevent other families experiencing such a trauma and big loss.
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.
Nataša Stuper, UK
I am an Italian-Croatian Science Communicator and Journalist. I am deeply interested in the right approach to be used when communicating the benefits of vaccines to patients, and the effectiveness of science communication in a much broader ethical and social debate about vaccinations and the scientific consensus. Through my career I’ve always been interested and have covered many medical and health issues that are considered contentious.Becoming a member of CoMO will give me the opportunity to offer my skillset in creating a greater engagement and collaboration between scientists and patients, by building a more honest and bidirectional dialogue, which will also allow them to become more informed decision-makers. Follow me on Twitter.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.