Meningitis is a serious, life threatening illness which remains a universal public health issue around the world. Unfortunately, meningitis has not been prioritised in global health strategies and this is highlighted in global statistics; other vaccine-preventable diseases have seen global rates drop by 70-90% but meningitis is behind with just a 53% drop between 1990 and 2017. Despite efforts to control meningitis, until recently there has been no coordinated global effort to defeat meningitis and associated sepsis.

However, Meningitis Research Foundation has been part of a taskforce who have been working for the past 3 years to create a global plan to defeat meningitis. As a result, on 13 November 2020, the World Health Organisation endorsed a global roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030.

The global roadmap paves the way for the implementation of multidisciplinary, integrated interventions to achieve:

  1. long-term integrated meningitis prevention and control for an accelerated and durable reduction in cases and deaths;
  2. shifting from epidemic preparedness and response to prevention and elimination of epidemics; and
  3. recognition of long-term sequelae from meningitis and concerted action to reduce disability and provide support to people affected and their families.

This is a significant moment in tackling meningitis and the first time the World Health Assembly endorsed global goals to defeat meningitis. Not only does the global roadmap focus on reducing cases worldwide, but also considers meningitis survivors and the need for continuing support and aftercare.

For more informaion please see the Meningitis Research Foundation website: 

Freeths Oxford are proud to be Meningitis Research Foundation’s exclusive legal partner in the south east and to support them in making progress to defeat Meningitis.

If you or a member of your family have suffered an injury or if you have lost a loved one as a result of meningitis or septicaemia and you are concerned with the standard of treatment received, then our specialist medical negligence solicitors may be able to help. Please contact a member of our national clinical negligence team for a free, confidential discussion:

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