For this year’s Awareness Day the organisers, the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) and its 43 member organisations in 28 countries – of which we are one – are uniting behind the theme "24 Hours - Time to Act!".
Twenty-four hours can mean the difference between life and death for anyone at any age. It really can take just one day for a child, a teenager, an adult, to lose their lives to this terrible disease or suffer from long-term after effects.
Therefore, it is essential that more people know the signs and symptoms and act fast by consulting a healthcare professional if they are concerned about themselves or their loved ones.
This is the eighth year that World Meningitis Day has been held on 24 April. The day is recognised to raise the global profile of meningitis, emphasise the importance of vaccination, and provide support to those dealing with the often lifelong consequences of the disease.
Every year around the world about one million people are affected by meningitis.
Together, our voices can bring visibility to this terrible disease - join us in making 24 hours count!