World Meningitis Day 2020
Ensemble Contre la Méningite organised the 'Marches Des Anges Virtuelle'. Extreme walker Gerard Bertin walked the distance from Notre Dame de Gravechon to Feuquieres(103 km) from the 24-26 April - all at home! The event raised lots of awareness: they received 4, 986 Facebook likes, 95 videos, 294 photos and €1, 825.
The Philippine Foundation for Vaccination worked with Vaccine Study Group, UP National Institute of Health, Medical Societies, Industry partners and Civic Organizations to organise a webinar on World Meningitis Day. They discussed updates on Global Meningococcal Initiative, led by Prof. Josefina Carlos. There were great experience sharing from the audience moderated by Prof. Lulu Bravo, and she reiterated that we should join hands in defeating meningitis. There were over 100 attendees!
On World Meningitis Day, Christine Bennborn appeared on the prime-time breakfast show on national television in Sweden. Christine told her personal story, of how her son Mathias died from meningitis in 2019. The response she received was phenomenal, and many people contacted her to tell her their experience with meningitis.
The Meningitis Research Foundation launched a social media campaign to get people to pledge their support for the Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2030. The pledges are shown on a world map, which visually presents the global support for the Roadmap. Over 800 people signed the pledge so far! Sign the pledge here.
AEM ran a World Meningitis Day art competition for children. They shared the creations on their social media pages and awarded a certificate to the winner. Also, AEM Ambassador David Bartolo Morana led a workout session! As well as these activities, AEM produced a series of videos asking: 'Can you imagine a world without meningitis?'
The Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand conducted an online campaign with a series of information tiles posted accross their social media channels. They also worked with GSK on a local media outreach campaign to ensure there was increased awareness of meningitis as New Zealand heads into the winter months.