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World Meningitis Day and its role in the Global Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030.

What is the Global Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030?

The Road Map is the first-ever global plan to defeat meningitis. It has been developed by The World Health Organization (WHO), with input from leading international experts, scientists, country representatives, civil society organisations like Meningitis Research Foundation and Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO), and people directly affected by meningitis. It has the potential to dramatically improve meningitis prevention, diagnosis and treatment, disease monitoring, health advocacy, support and aftercare. 

What is included in the Road Map?

The Road Map outlines the vision for defeating meningitis by 2030 and the action plan to get us there. In April 2024, the WHO also published their investment case for defeating meningitis which sets out the funding requirements, as assessed by WHO, for the Road Map. The Road Map is designed to support countries around the world to defeat meningitis, a largely preventable disease, by detailing the key actions (milestones) that need to be prioritised between now and 2030. 

 

There are five interconnected pillars of work to achieve three visionary goals.  

Eliminate bacterial meningitis epidemics.

Reduce vaccine-preventable cases and deaths.

Improve quality of life post-meningitis.

Learn about the Race to 2030

Countries worldwide have committed to the vision of the Defeating Meningitis by 2030 Global Road Map. In collaboration with WHO, we work with partners and people affected by meningitis to help make that vision a reality. 

Meningitis Research Foundation and CoMO have created Race to 2030 to help you engage with the Road Map and be part of global efforts to defeat the disease. Watch our video to learn more about how you can engage with the Road Map and support the goal of defeating meningitis by 2030. Learn more about Race to 2030.

Why is a Road Map needed?

Bacterial meningitis is the deadliest form of meningitis, with the World Health Organization estimating that around 1 in 6 people who get it will die. 

 

Despite bacterial meningitis being largely preventable through vaccination, progress in defeating meningitis lags behind that of other diseases. The Road Map has been created to ensure that defeating meningitis is an international priority. If achieved, it could save up to 200,000 people from dying from meningitis every year. 

What is the role of Meningitis Research Foundation and CoMO in the WHO Global Road Map To Defeat Meningitis?

Photo credit: The World Health Organization and then the pic caption is: Road Map partners at the 8th WHO Technical Taskforce meeting in 17 January 2023. 

Meningitis Research Foundation, including its international membership network CoMO, is a member of the WHO Technical Task Force. This means working with WHO and other global health bodies on the implementation of the Global Road Map. We are the only organisation on the Task Force focused solely on meningitis. 
 

We coordinate milestones focused on advocacy and engagement, working with global health bodies like UNICEF, PATH, CDC and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 

 

We are committed to ensuring that people affected by meningitis are at the heart of the Road Map process, so that global efforts to defeat the disease are informed by those who best understand it’s impact. 

How does World Meningitis Day support the Global Road Map?

Growing World Meningitis Day is a milestone in the Road Map. The Road Map's goal is to secure participation in the day by 80% of WHO member states.  

 

In 2023 - 126 countries, which equates to almost two thirds of WHO member states, took part in World Meningitis Day - making it the biggest year to date. 

 

Help us make this year bigger and better. 

“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.”

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