Vinny Smith, Meningitis Research Foundation Chief Executive said: “Meningitis spreads around the world and we need global action to defeat it. Meningitis still affects more than 2.8 million people globally each year and collectively, meningitis and neonatal sepsis are the second biggest infectious killers of children aged under 5 globally.
“Despite major progress over the last 20 years, large epidemics have occurred recently showing again that meningitis is very far from being defeated. Between 2000 and 2016, child meningitis deaths fell by just 28 percent, compared to 89 percent for measles, 59 percent for AIDS, 84 percent for tetanus and 56 percent for diarrhoea. We need faster progress. This taskforce is the first step towards defeating meningitis for good.