The new document, launched by our chief executive Dr Tom Nutt and President Andrew Harvey in a Facebook Live broadcast on Wednesday, reinforces our commitment to saving lives and rebuilding futures.
The document also outlines three key objectives to ensure we continue to make a difference in the fight against meningitis over the next five years.
- fight to defeat meningitis in the UK within a generation;
- reach out to everyone who needs our help, support and information; and
- be recognised as a centre of expertise for aftercare and support.
Speaking at the launch Tom said: “Fighting meningitis has been this charity’s driving force over four decades.
“Our research has helped the development of five lifesaving vaccines and we’ve raised awareness of the risks and signs and symptoms, to help ensure people know what can be done to prevent meningitis and how to respond should it strike.
“And our aftercare and support has brought comfort and practical help to thousands of families across the UK.
“While cases of meningitis are falling, 22 people every day are still affected by this terrible and devastating disease. They will continue to need our aftercare and support, both now and into the future.
“Until meningitis is eliminated from the UK it’s vital that we continue to raise awareness and fight back against this disease – our vision remains a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and all those affected get the support they need to rebuild their lives.
“It’s a bold ambition, but we’re determined to get there and to continue to make a difference in the lives of those who need us every day and for as long as it takes.”
The strategy outlines our commitment to investing in lifesaving research, improving awareness of vaccines and influencing policy-makers to improve early diagnosis and treatment of meningitis. It also looks at how we will improve meningitis awareness and focus on promoting our support services more widely, directly supporting those affected by meningitis.
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