Launch of the Defeating Meningitis Roadmap

23 Aug 2021
Launch of the Defeating Meningitis Roadmap

Despite successful efforts to control meningitis in several regions, meningitis continues to be a major public health issue. It kills about 250,000 people annually, and leaves 1 in 5 of those affected with long-term devastating sequelae. It is also a significant health security concern. Meningitis epidemics can strike fast, are unpredictable and cause massive disruption to communities and health-systems.

WHO roadshow summary document
WHO roadshow summary document

For these reasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed the first global roadmap that sets forth a vision and strategy to defeat meningitis by 2030, which will be launched on September 28th 2021. This roadmap includes three visionary goals: to i) eliminate epidemics of bacterial meningitis ii) reduce cases of vaccine-preventable bacterial meningitis by 50% and deaths by 70% and iii) reduce disability and improve quality of life after meningitis of any cause.

About the launch

The launch will be virtual and live-streamed on the WHO website at this link:, or you can join the event directly via Zoom:

Programme and speakers

The programme will be further developed in the coming weeks.

It will include the following:

  • Keynote address by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General
  • Presentation of the Defeating Meningitis by 2030 global roadmap
  • Case stories around the three visionary goals
  • Inputs from meningitis patient and families groups
  • Commitments to defeat meningitis by 2030

This page will be updated with registration information nearer to the event.

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The MRF Membership and Support team are here for you for any questions you might have about meningitis and septicaemia and their effects on you or your family and friends.

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