The Meningitis Flag Flying High in Paris to Mark 100-Days-To-Go to Paralympic Games

Published on: May 20, 2024


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To mark the 100 days to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, starting on the 28th August 2024, we wanted to celebrate the real power of sports with these stunning and aspirational images developed by Vincent Smadja, also known as This milestone is the perfect time to remind ourselves that the Olympic and Paralympic Games are not just about winning medals, but about positive change far beyond the sport, leaving an impactful legacy for the future generations.

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If Only the Games Could Help Us Change Meningitis Awareness Forever…

Our aspiration is to support the meningitis community in rallying the public in the fight against meningitis by increasing the awareness of it.

These powerful images reflect this beautifully.

Seeing the Meningitis Flag flying high and spreading its colours in such iconic settings in Paris gives us the hope that one day this will not be an aspiration at all.

Far too many people are still affected by meningitis, specifically more than 2.5 million people each year, across the world.

The Meningitis Flag is the first-ever global symbol to unite the world in the fight to defeat the disease and support the aims of the World Health Organization’s Global Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030.

The Meningitis Flag was created by the meningitis community, for the community. It has been co-created with para-athletes of Team Sanofi who have been affected by meningitis at different stages of their lives: Ellie Challis (Great Britain), Théo Curin (France), and Davide Morana (Italy), members of the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO), the world’s leading meningitis charity - Meningitis Research Foundation, textile designer Laura Spring, and Sanofi.

The flag is inspired by our para-athletes. Because when they compete, they fly more than the flag for their country; they fly the flag to defeat meningitis.

Help us fly the Meningitis Flag and if you are curious to learn more go to: