The Global Meningococcal Initiative

A worldwide expert group raising awareness and helping prevent invasive meningococcal disease

World Meningitis Day 2016 - the Global Meningococcal Initiative (GMI) and Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) launch a new partnership to promote and share world class research into best practice, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of meningococcal disease around the world.

Meningococcal bacteria are the main cause of life-threatening meningitis and septicaemia throughout the world.

The World Health Organization estimate there are 1.2 million cases and 135,000 death worldwide each year.

Professor Ray Borrow
GMI Steering Group Member

"This partnership can be instrumental in helping to share and build a better understanding of the global picture of this dreadful disease.

I look forward to seeing researchers and health professionals around the world accessing and using the information to help them in their work."

Vinny Smith
MRF Chief Executive

"MRF is delighted to partner with GMI on this important initiative.

We want to ensure that GMI's body of research reaches the communities and people who can use and apply the findings to directly help patients and their families as soon as possible."

Introducing GMI





International meetings, publications, posters and recommendations



Meningococcal disease in the Middle East and Africa: Findings and updates from the Global Meningococcal Initiative

Manuscript accepted by Journal of Infection

Download paper

Review Article 2016

Guidelines for diagnosis and confirmation of invasive meningococcal disease 

Download article

GMI Asia Pacific Roundtable Meeting 2014

Meningococcal Disease in Asia Pacific - Findings and Recommendations 

Download poster

World Society for Paediatric Infectious Disease 2013

Epidemiology and Recommendations for Control and Prevention of Meningococcal Disease in Latin America: Outcome of the Global Meningococcal Initiative Meeting<

Download poster

GMI South Africa 2013

Report from the Second Summit Meeting 

Download poster

GMI India 2012

Efforts to prevent and control meningococcal disease in India 

Download poster

World Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases 2011

Efforts to prevent and control meningococcal disease in Latin America 

Download poster

Meningococcal disease in the Asia-Pacific region

Findings and recommendations from GMI

Download poster

International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2010

The Global Meningococcal Initiative - A new worldwide expert group to raise awareness and help prevent invasive meningococcal disease

Download poster

GMI: Global Epidemiology

The impact of vaccines on meningococcal disease and the importance of herd protection

Download the paper

Page last updated 07.06.17