Meningitis Research Foundation is bringing together leading experts in meningitis, septicaemia and health from across the world in a three-day global meeting to be held on the 8-10 May at Wilton Park* in the UK.
During this unique opportunity, global experts will meet to share different perspectives on progress and challenges in combatting meningitis, from the perspective of national and international public health programmes, health systems and patient advocacy through to 2030.
Experts will collectively think about long term goals with the aim of achieving a global vision for meningitis, creating a strong call to action and helping to build a taskforce for the delivery of a roadmap towards defeating meningitis by 2030.
Half a million children under five still die
1 Despite this, it is estimated that around half a million children under five still die of meningitis and sepsis worldwide every year2 so a coordinated effort is needed.
The global vision will help to save lives by highlighting ways to boost equity and access to meningitis prevention, ensure effective diagnosis and treatment, and help provide more support and information to those in need.
The meeting is to take place thanks to support and funding from Wilton Park (a UK Foreign Office executive agency), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sanofi Pasteur, GSK and Pfizer.
Attendees will include senior health officials, policy makers and leading clinicians from countries affected by meningitis as well as representatives from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Gavi - the Vaccine Alliance, and other global health organisations, patient groups and pharmaceutical companies.
Save more lives