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World Meningitis Day

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The race is on to defeat meningitis by 2030: Tell your politician

Across the world, meningitis kills 1 in 10 people and causes lifelong disability in 1 in 5 people who survive it.


For those who survive the disease, many experience life-changing outcomes.  

Turning the World Health Organization’s Global Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030 into reality could save more than 200,000 people from dying from meningitis every year. 

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Countries worldwide have committed to the vision of the global road map. But to make it a reality by 2030 we need governments to take action.  


Play your part this World Meningitis Day (5th October). Write to your local politician to tell them about the road map and ask for their help to raise awareness by marking World Meningitis Day on their social channels using one of our free downloadable resources


Learn more about the road map

The clock is ticking to 2030.  

Now is the time to unite. Join the race to defeat meningitis.  

Tell your politician about the Global Road Map. 

Keen to do more this World Meningitis Day? 

Keen to do more this World Meningitis Day? There is more than one way to support our campaign. 

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!

Keen to play your part in history and support the life-saving global awareness movement? Give whatever you can to support our work. Let’s defeat meningitis by 2030 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 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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