A global plan to defeat meningitis by 2030 has been endorsed at World Health Assembly.
'Defeating meningitis by 2030: a global road map' has been described as a 'game-changer' for people at risk of or affected by meningitis and has targets to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment, surveillance, aftercare, support and advocacy.
Vinny Smith, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation, 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."
"This game-changing moment will help to save lives and ensure survivors of the diseases get the support they need to maximise their quality of life. People affected by meningitis have made significant contributions to this plan and have lent their voice to and inspired our campaigning. We are very grateful for their support."