Students help to bring meningitis to a global stage

20 Jan 2020
Students help to bring meningitis to a global stage

Students at the Texas State University School of Art and Design have helped put the spotlight on meningitis as part of a competition to design awareness and advocacy campaigns. The designs will be used to help defeat meningitis globally.

Experts in branding, health and meningitis judged the competition, including: Dr Marie-Pierre Preziosi (World Health Organization), Sir Brian Greenwood (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Lesley-Anne Long (Strategist) and Debbie Millman (brand consultant, author and host of the podcast Design Matters).
Three students were shortlisted at the first round: Brianna Soto, Flor Barajas and Sara Mitschke.

Sara Mitschke was today announced as the winner for her campaign ‘Change Meningitis’, with Flor Barajas taking second place. Sara’s campaign was designed to change the way people think and talk about meningitis, to change the priorities of policy holders and change the future of meningitis. It featured images that highlighted the after effects of meningitis and how research, funding and advocacy could help prevent them.

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Flor Barajas’ campaign was inspired by the fact meningitis has been called ‘the kissing disease’ and can be spread by close contact.
Change Meningitis
Sara Mitschke’s campaign highlighted the after effects and how taking action now could change the future of meningitis

Brianna Soto took third place with her ‘meningitIS’ campaign and her design has already helped shape a campaign specifically about support and aftercare for meningitis.

Claudia Roeschmann, from Texas State University, who ran the project with a group of seven volunteering students, stated: “We are grateful for this amazing opportunity and enjoyed working on this meaningful project, carried out across the ocean – I am very proud of the results!”

All of the finalists’ campaigns have provided inspiration that will help shape activities being developed as part of a global plan to defeat meningitis, led by the World Health Organization. Meningitis Research Foundation is working with them as part of a taskforce driving the global action and is developing communication and advocacy activities to support it.

"The students have produced some great, eye-catching results that really make you think about meningitis and the impact it can have" - Rob Dawson, Director of Communications, MRF

Rob Dawson, Director of Communications at Meningitis Research Foundation, said: “The students have produced some great, eye-catching results that really make you think about meningitis and the impact it can have. As we work to defeat meningitis, we need campaign and advocacy materials that will lead to action. All of the students provided us with so much inspiration but Sara’s provided a really well thought through application that understood the brief.”

You can see designs from the following students below: Teresa Wingfield, Stephanie Long, Rodriguez, Carla Gomez, Palak Modi, Neakail Tolbert, and Juliana Ratchford.

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