Defeating Meningitis Roadmap

Rob Dawson, Trustee of The Swinfen Charitable Trust, is part of a team who has helped secure a significant step towards defeating meningitis globally.

Rob is Director of Communications, Advocacy and Support at Meningitis Research Foundation where he worked with colleagues and a team of experts to help draft the world’s first global plan to defeat meningitis.

On November 13th 2020, the World Health Assembly agreed to take action to reduce the impact of the disease dramatically by 2030. The Assembly endorsed this new roadmap which will help to eliminate epidemics and prevent cases the world over, as well as improving treatment, diagnosis and aftercare. It is the first ever meningitis resolution to be approved by World Health Organization member states.

The ambitious roadmap sets out to tackle the leading causes of acute bacterial meningitis (meningococcus, pneumococcus, haemophilus influenzae and group B streptococcus).
Rob said: “This marks a momentous occasion for people affected by or at risk of meningitis – the first time the World Health Assembly has agreed on global goals to defeat the disease.”

The roadmap sets targets and milestones for improvements in five areas: prevention and epidemic control; diagnosis and treatment; surveillance; support and care for patients affected; and engagement and advocacy.