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World Meningitis Day

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The race is on to defeat meningitis by 2030: Tell your story, your way and be one of 2030 global voices of experience

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


Behind every statistic is a person and a story.


They are why defeating meningitis matters.


For the first time in history there is a Global Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030.


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


By sharing personal accounts of the impact of meningitis we can not only show our support for the Road Map but help pave the way for change, ensuring the voices of those affected are heard.

Why does sharing personal experience of meningitis matter?


There is nothing more powerful than hearing someone tell their story, in their own words. Only through sharing experiences can others understand what it’s truly like to be affected by meningitis and help drive the change needed to save lives.


Every day to 2030 matters.


That’s why we’re calling on you to tell your story, your way.


We want to show our support for the Global Road Map by bringing together 2030 voices from around the world to share their experiences of meningitis and get one step closer to a future free of meningitis.


You might be someone who has survived or a family member, a friend or a health care professional whose life has been directly impacted by meningitis.


If you have a meningitis experience you would like to share, we’d love to feature your story in Meningitis in your words, to help educate and inform people all over the world about the reality of life after meningitis.


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How can I share my meningitis experience?


If you have direct experience of meningitis which you would like to share, please submit your story, in English or your native language, using this form.  


How will my meningitis experience be used?


Through telling people's stories we can continue to raise awareness globally and drive the change needed to save lives. 


All stories submitted will be added to Meningitis in your words and shared in a variety of ways, including across our social media accounts, in support of the Global Road Map.


This will help us to reach as many people as possible all over the world and increase understanding of what it’s truly like to be directly impacted by meningitis.


Show your support for the Global Road Map by helping to represent the voice of those affected by meningitis and play your part in turning the Road Map into reality.

The clock is ticking to 2030. 

Now is the time to unite. 

Tell your story, your way and join the race to defeat meningitis. 

Getting involved in World Meningitis Day 


Not been directly affected by meningitis but want to join the race to defeat meningitis?


There are plenty of ways to support our World Meningitis Day 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.

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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