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Let's Defeat Meningitis Together

The theme for 2020 was Defeat Meningitis. 

The campaign focused on why we must defeat meningitis and the steps we can all take to make it a reality. 

If you didn't have a chance to raise awareness on April 24th don't worry! The message is important every day of the year and you can always access the publicly available resources in our Toolkit. You can also sign a pledge to #DefeatMeningitis - look below.

For inspiration on how to raise awareness virtually while under lockdown, look at our Member's Activities! 

Map of pledges and actions

We know every action can make a difference and help keep our communities safer. People from all over the world are getting involved and now you can too!

Working with the Meningitis Research Foundation, you can now log any action you take to #DefeatMeningitis and pledge your support for a world free from meningitis just click on the button below. 

Want to know why people from all over the world support defeating meningitis by 2030? Just click on any of the purple hearts on the map! 

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Christine, Sweden

Losing a child to meningitis, like I lost my beloved Mathias in the summer of 2019, is the most devastating thing that can happen to a parent.

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Miki Tanaka, Japan

My son suffers many after effects from meningitis, including hearing loss and convulsions. All children should be protected from meningitis.


Alicia, USA

As I said goodbye to my beautiful daughter, I promised I would be her voice. We must defeat meningitis so it cannot continue to destroy lives around the world.


Key Messages

1. Meningitis and septicaemia are medical emergencies. 

Prevention and early recognition are key. 

  • Meningitis can have a life-changing and permanent impact. After effects can include:

- Organ damage

- Hearing loss

- Brain injury

- Limb loss


  • People who lose a loved one have their lives changed forever.


  • Vaccines are our best tool for prevention. There are different vaccines to protect against different types of meningitis. Speak to your local healthcare provider today to learn what's available for you.

2. Meningitis can affect anyone, at any time and can kill in hours. 

  • Safe and effective vaccines are available to protect against the most common types of meningitis. More vaccines are coming, but not all meningitis is vaccine preventable, so it is important to learn the signs and symptoms.

  • Trust your instincts and seek medical attention immediately if you have the symptoms of meningitis.

3. We can all help to #DefeatMeningitis

  • Get vaccinated to protect yourself and stop the spread of the disease.

  • We can all help build accessible and inclusive societies to support people who have been affected by the disease.

What Can You Do?

Seek urgent medical attention if you suspect that you or someone else has meningitis. 
Meningitis is fast to develop and can kill in hours. 
Signs & Symptoms
CoMO members do great work to support people affected by meningitis and raise awareness of the disease all over the world.
Join Us
Join a global network of individuals, organisations and charities working to defeat meningitis.

Click here to see what CoMO's Members did for World Meningitis Day 2019!

If you have any questions or ideas for World Meningitis Day 2020, please email Molly.

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