In September 2004, we signed a charter for the creation of a confederation of meningitis organisations which gathers 12 countries.
Once the campaign in Maine-et-Loire in 2001 achieved, we began a campaign of information about meningitis caused by meningococcus at the national scale on February 2nd 2004, among the educational field. More concretely, we provided schools (from elementary schools to high schools) with posters and doctors and scholar nurses with leaflets. These actions were supported and financed by Education Ministry and Health Ministry.
Together with the national pharmaceutical association flyers and brochures were distributed to pharmacies.
In 2004, three sessions about meningitis were planned. On October 1rst in Bordeaux by the Association Audrey 40 Yohann, on October 14th in Paris in the auditorium of Pasteur Institute and on November 17th in the Town Hall of Lyon.
The association Audrey works in collaboration with Ministry of Family, the family allowance office and the registry office of Angers to supply a psychological and material help. Since 1rst November 2000, the registry office informs the family allowance office to offer the help of a social worker to the families.
Thanks to our action benefits supplied by the State after the child’s death are delivered for three months more as it is mentioned in the law of 1rst January 2004. This is at the origin of our reward namely the title of “Chevalier dans l’ordre national du mérite” which is a national and official distinction for a good and useful action.
We keep on filling the legal vacuum relative to the annual 7000 death of children in France for any reason.
On 22nd 2006 and within the framework of labor laws the Senate adopted a four days leave instead of the former two days leave after a child or a spouse’s death.
In November 2004, a leaflet about bereavement was launched in Maine-et-Loire (in the western part of France) and distributed by the funeral department of the hospital of Angers, the registry office and the family allowance office of Anjou (region of Angers).
Several days of information about meningitis were organized in 2008 - in Strasbourg on 11th March and in Angers on 20th November - and in 2009 – in Lille on 24th March. Such days of prevention and information about meningitis will take place soon at the Ministry of Health in Paris.
The association does its best to create a foundation about meningitis to help better the families concerned.