World Meningitis Day 2021

Take action. Defeat meningitis.

In November 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved the first ever Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2030. This World Meningitis Day (April 24th 2021), we need your help to make sure it happens.
Meningitis is a global disease. It travels from person to person without respect for national borders. You have the power to take action and defeat meningitis by helping us raise vital awareness and life saving funds, to finally rid the world of this deadly and devastating disease. Will you help?

How you can help

"After meningitis I was a completely different person. I’d been so active and independent, but now I’d lost all my strength and needed help with everything – getting dressed, using the toilet, using cutlery, everything. I flew back to Northern Ireland so my parents could take care of me and they did so much for me. I still feel guilty that their lives had to be put on hold as well. I’m so grateful for everything they did for me.”

Click here to read Paula's story.
“Before I fell ill I didn’t even know adults could get meningitis. I thought it was just something babies got. Now, the more I’ve read about meningitis, the more I count myself bleeding lucky. I might walk down the street and forget where I’m going sometimes, but at least I’m walking.”

Click here to read Martin's story.
“I had the worst headache - like someone was driving nails into my head. I couldn’t look at the light, I was retching, vomiting, sweating, delirious. I could hardly move. When the paramedics arrived, they said I should just call the doctor in the morning. I said I wouldn’t be able do that, because I would be dead. I knew that I was dying.”

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New research shows meningitis and neonatal sepsis are the second-largest infectious killers of children under five globally

We call for positive change as a united voice against meningitis and septicaemia, and a dedicated champion for those it affects.
Since the charity was founded in 1989, we have awarded 161 research grants. The total value of our investment in vital scientific research is over £19.1 million (€24.7 million).
We take action that benefits people directly, including training health professionals and providing support and information services.
£160/€190/$214 decodes the genetic information in a sample of meningococcal bacteria. This information has helped us track new forms of meningitis and campaign to introduce new vaccines to protect people.
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Elaine Devine - Director of Advocacy, Communications & Support
Tel: 0333 405 6248