Sep 29, 2021

WHO and partners call for urgent action on meningitis

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Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners launched the first ever global strategy to defeat meningitis — a debilitating disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. By 2,030 the goals are to eliminate epidemics of bacterial meningitis – the most deadly form of the disease – and to reduce deaths by 70% and halve the number of cases. The organizations estimate that in total, the strategy could save more.

Than 200,000 lives annually and significantly reduce disability caused by the disease. This strategy, the Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2,030 was launched by a broad coalition of partners involved in meningitis prevention and control at a virtual event, hosted by WHO in Geneva. Its focus is on preventing infections and improving.

Care and diagnosis for those affected.“Wherever it occurs, meningitis can be deadly and debilitating; it strikes quickly, has serious health, economic and social consequences, and causes devastating outbreaks,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

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