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World Meningitis Day

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My meningitis story

“I don’t want anyone else to go through what I went through.”

There are 2.5 million cases of meningitis every year. Behind each case, there’s a person affected, those who love them, and a story.

CoMO’s network is made up of people whose lives have been forever changed by meningitis. This includes people living with its after effects, as well as the families and friends of people affected, many of whom lost their lives. It also includes advocates and healthcare professionals who see the life-changing impacts of meningitis every day.

As part of our campaign this year, some of our members have shared their meningitis stories which you can read below. Their stories highlight how frightening meningitis is and the devastation in causes in families and communities worldwide. They also emphasise the need for us all to join the race to defeat meningitis by 2030. You can download these stories as social media tiles to share across your accounts. You can also create and share your own story using our editable stats and stories template. Find these and more in our Toolkit of communications resources.

Christine, Sweden (Mother)

Paloma, Peru (Mother)

Amandine, France (Mother)

Brian, Uganda (Health Care Professional)

Patsy, USA (Mother)

Nwandieze, Nigeria (Survivor)

Patti, USA (Mother)

Sarah, Australia (Survivor)

Dr Iñaki, Ethiopia (Health Care Professional)

Annie, France (Mother)


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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.


Sign up to receive quarterly email updates from the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations to learn more about what we're achieving as a global network of meningitis groups and advocates. To join CoMO's network learn more.

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 40 countries.

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