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World Meningitis Day

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What is the global road map?

In September 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners launched the Global Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030. The global strategy is the first of its kind for meningitis, and sets out three visionary goals: 


  • Eliminate epidemics of bacterial meningitis 

  • Reduce cases of vaccine preventable bacterial meningitis by 50% and deaths by 70% 

  • Reduce disability and improve quality of life after meningitis of any cause 


To achieve these ambitious goals, the road map sets out to improve disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, monitoring, health advocacy, support and aftercare. Success relies upon the collective action of scientists, patient groups, governments, implementing organisations and individuals. 


This road map is the embodiment of the ambition of people and families affected around the world who have called for its creation. It's their experience and passion that has driven a whole community of interest to get this far. We celebrate together the common goal of defeating meningitis and will be led by their inspiration to make it happen.

Vinny Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Meningitis Research Foundation and the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO)

Interested to find out more?

Join the Race to 2030

Ensuring people affected by meningitis are at the heart of efforts to defeat the disease, with useful information, important updates, and downloadable resources. 

World Health Organisation

Learn more about the global road map and watch a recording of the launch event.  


What to show your support for the global road map this World Meningitis Day?

Lights in the Dark

On the 5th October choose something to illuminate at 20.30 (8.30pm) in remembrance of everyone who has lost their life, or had their life changed forever, because of meningitis. Don’t forget to take a picture and share it on social as we'd love to see it!


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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 Organizations (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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