Global Day of Recognition Will Advance Efforts to Combat Preventable Killer

The Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE) is proud to join our partner, the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO), to recognize the second annual World Meningitis Day this Saturday, April 24 and encourage our community to join hands against meningitis. This global day of recognition reminds us that while tremendous strides have been made in reducing the number of meningitis-related deaths worldwide, much more work remains to be done to protect children worldwide from this preventable disease.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes which surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It is deadly, and many of those that contract and survive meningitis are left with serious disabilities, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, brain damage, kidney disease, deafness, limb amputations, and developmental delays.

Vaccines to protect against Hib, pneumococcus and meningococcus – the leading bacterial causes of meningitis – have made tremendous strides in reducing the number of meningitis-related deaths worldwide.Yet meningitis continues to kill and disable tens of thousands of people every year, particularly those living in developing countries that do not yet have access to these life-saving vaccines. Vaccines to protect against Hib, pneumococcus and meningococcus – the leading bacterial causes of meningitis – have made tremendous strides in reducing the number of meningitis-related deaths worldwide. Yet meningitis continues to kill and disable tens of thousands of people every year, particularly those living in developing countries that do not yet have access to these life-saving vaccines. Today, technologic advances from the vaccine industry and global funding commitments from donors and foundations are making it possible for countries to access these vaccines more quickly and affordably than ever before.

Since our inception, PACE and our partners have worked around the globe to raise awareness about the burden of pneumococcal diseases, including meningitis, and to secure commitments from countries to introduce life-saving pneumococcal vaccines into their national immunization programs. World Meningitis Day is an opportunity to highlight achievements thus far and call on countries to accelerate efforts to save millions of lives through prevention. We join hands with CoMO, and urge all of our partners to join the fight to ensure that all of the world’s children are protected against this deadly but preventable disease

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