This association was founded to help and support parents by taking into consideration their suffering. It was founded on January 21rst 2000 in Ecouflant by Mr and Mrs VOISINE, Audrey’s parents who died swiftly of meningitis while she was 12.
Audrey died of a « purpura fulminans », in other words a meningitis caused by meningococcus. If the knowledge about this disease had been more spread among people, the disease would have had less chances to lead Audrey to death.
Mr and Mrs Voisine had the idea to found this association as a tribute to all the victims who died of this disease and to help all the people who are currently concerned and their family. But, what they really intend to do through this association is to communicate about the disease in order to reduce the risk of being affected and suffering from serious consequences.
The association Audrey is an association of parents whose aim is to increase knowledge about the different existing types of meningitis, help people to better understand this disease and to anticipate it.
This association is known not only at a regional scale but also at a national scale since March 2002 which allowed it to launch actions in several regions in France:
- Association Audrey 40 Yohann (Landes)
- Association Audrey 42 Emeric (Loire)
- Association Audrey 76 Régis (Seine Maritime)
- Association Audrey 35 (Ille et Vilaine)
- Association Audrey 22 (Côtes d’Armor)
- Association Audrey 33 (Gironde)
- Association Audrey 59 Steven (Nord)
- Association Audrey 29 Sébastien (Finistère)
Since the creation of this net, the association wants to go on expanding itself towards other regions which will facilitate the work with the local sanitary authorities and improve the efficiency of the local actions.
In Maine-et-Loire, leading department, in September 2001, there was a poster campaign in nursery and elementary schools, day nurseries and waiting rooms of doctors’ offices in order to facilitate an early screening for meningitis.
In 2002, the association organized an evening of information about meningitis with the help of the D.D.A.S.S., the hospital of Angers and Pasteur Institute. That evening was the first step to organize later a complete day about meningitis in Paris at the Health Ministry in November 2003.
In April 2003 the association was invited at the medical Congress of the Espid in Europe and took part in a press conference alongside the British association “Meningitis trust”.