Professor Ray Borrow, GMI Chair said, “Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to human health. It’s clear that global surveillance of the strains causing meningococcal disease, as well as surveillance of antibiotic resistance, is vitally important. This would ensure that any emergent strains that pose a significant threat are identified early so that routine and reactive vaccination programmes with suitable vaccines can be quickly introduced.”
Vinny Smith, GMI Steering Group Member and Chief Executive at Meningitis Research Foundation said, “Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases that can have a devastating impact on individuals and their families. It’s far better to prevent the diseases through vaccination than to rely on treatment with antibiotics, especially given the rising threat of antibiotic resistance.
“Meningitis spreads around the world and we need a coordinated effort to defeat it. This year the World Health Organization launched an expert taskforce to develop a global roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030, and MRF is delighted to be taking part.”
Sam Nye, Executive Director at the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations said, “Today, we have critical tools to help fight meningitis - antibiotics and vaccines. With increasing antibiotic resistance, we will lose one of these tools, leaving infants, children and adults at higher risk of the devastating consequences of meningitis, such as long-term disability and even death.
“We work with meningitis advocacy groups all over the world to promote the importance of vaccines; vaccines not only have the capability to save lives today, they can also help to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance, saving millions of lives in future years.”