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One in ten people who contract meningitis die and half of all meningitis deaths occur in children under five


World Meningitis Day

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The race is on to defeat meningitis.


The World Health Organization’s Global Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030 will improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment, disease monitoring, health advocacy, and support and aftercare, saving up to 200,000 lives annually and significantly reducing disabilities caused by meningitis.


Countries worldwide have committed to the vision of better prevention, diagnosis, treatment, disease monitoring, health advocacy, and support and aftercare.

With collective global action we can make this our reality by 2030.


But the clock is ticking. Let’s make every day to 2030 count – join the global movement demanding action to defeat meningitis.


There are plenty of ways to show your support this World Meningitis Day.


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5 things you can do to take action


Share the meningitis symptoms from our toolkit and tell others to catch up on any life-saving vaccines they may have missed.

Not long to go

Make a difference this World Meningitis Day.

Be part of the global movement to defeat meningitis.

 Let's do it together.


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Stay informed

Sign up to the Meningitis Research Foundation’s monthly emails on how we are working to defeat meningitis, with news on the latest science, meningitis vaccines, and health policy developments.

Don’t want emails? Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn and help us remind world leaders why we want to defeat meningitis by 2030.


Every year, World Meningitis Day brings together people from all over the world to highlight the need to raise awareness of meningitis, its signs and symptoms, the vaccines that are available, and that it is an infection that needs global attention and effort to be defeated.


Meningitis Research Foundation is an international charity which began in the UK in 1989. We’ve been working to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever they exist for over 30 years. The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) is our global network of patient groups, meningitis advocates, and health professionals. They work to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis in more than 50 countries

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