And that’s not all. We also secured the Meningitis Progress Tracker as the go-to place in the world for the best data available across the four main bacterial pathogens that cause meningitis. Building on the success of the Global Meningitis Genome library, we ensured the Global Meningitis Genome Partnership is the hub for integrated conversations about global developments in this space. We hosted online research webinars for the first time. In November, after 4 years of hard work, we helped secure the world’s first World Health Organization global meningitis roadmap, aiming to defeat meningitis by 2030. And, every day, we were there for people and families who needed our support.
So above all, despite my illness, this year has been about my team and family. The MRF team that delivered for our supporters and each other. My closest colleagues who stepped in for me when I simply could not be there, and led with resilience and kindness. The extended team of partners and funders we work with who stood by us and kept up the pace of progress towards a world free from meningitis. My family who looked after me and kept up my spirits on the dark days.
For me it has been a year like no other. I know for many others, it has been far, far worse. But each day is anew, research and science are triumphing, and my glass still feels half full (or fuller). For MRF and me there is a lot that still needs to be done in the years ahead, and with support from our supporters, members, funders, partners, colleagues, friends and family we look forward to that challenge head on.