October 5th represents World Meningitis Day 2023.
Meningitis can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time. One in ten people who contract bacterial meningitis die and half of all meningitis deaths occur in children under five. Those who do survive face after effects including brain injury, hearing loss, depression, sight loss, anxiety, limb loss, epilepsy and more.
Important charities About Meningitis Research Foundation and the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO)
Meningitis Research Foundation is a leading international charity, working to defeat meningitis and septicaemia since 1989. The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) is our global network of patient groups, meningitis advocates and health professionals who operate in more than 50 countries worldwide. 'Together we fund and support vital scientific research; campaign and provide information to the public, health professionals and researchers to enable prevention, early diagnosis and treatment; and raise awareness in communities across the world. Alongside this, we offer individual support to people affected by meningitis and septicaemia, whether they are living with a disability or are coping with the death of a loved one'.
Taken directly from the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) and the Meningitis Research Foundation: 'Despite being largely vaccine-preventable, progress to defeat meningitis is behind that of other infectious diseases. Compounded with the prevalence and severity of meningitis, along with the speed in which it develops, calls for a global outcry.'
Why does Storm Games place such significance on World Meningitis Day?
As you may be aware, our Commercial Director, Sabrina Anthi-Howells, confronted Meningitis just a year ago after a holiday abroad. This formidable illness led to her hospitalisation for over a month.
What can we do to help?
1. Speak up to save a life - Sharing symptoms is a start to speaking up on Meningitis and raising awareness.
2. Tell your story - conveying personal experiences of either your own or a friend's battles with Meningitis can be valuable, including accounts of survival and memories.
3. Light the road ahead - Wherever you are in the world, choose something to illuminate at 8:30pm tonight, then take a picture and share it on social media to show your support for the aims of the World Health Organisation’s Global Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030 and in remembrance of everyone who has lost their life, or had their life changed, because of meningitis.
4. Tell your politician - Raise awareness among your politician by emphasizing the significance of Meningitis and unveiling crucial research to reduce the risk.
5. Give what you can - Support could help to fund vital scientific research and emotional support for those impacted by Meningitis.
Make a difference this World Meningitis Day.
Be part of the global movement to defeat meningitis.
Let's do it together!