World Encephalitis Day

World Encephalitis Day 2024 on Thursday, the 22nd of February, is the global awareness day for people who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis.

Since its launch, it has reached millions of people through media features, events and social media.

It is our hope that World Encephalitis Day will play a leading role in our mission to increase global awareness of encephalitis and therefore saving lives and building better futures.

#Red4WED images from World Encephalitis Day 2024

A collection of #Red4WED photographs from World Encephalitis Day 2024.

If you do not see your photo here and would like it added to the gallery, please get in touch

Landmark photos from World Encephalitis Day 2024

Enjoy landmark photos from World Encephalitis Day 2024.

Please note this gallery will continue to grow over the coming day.

If you do not see your photo and would like it added to the gallery, please get in touch.

World Encephalitis Day 2024 - highlights

Look back at a selection of highlights from World Encephalitis Day 2024!

What is encephalitis?

Here are five facts about encephalitis:

  1. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain
  2. It is caused either by an infection or through the immune system attacking the brain in error
  3. Anyone can be affected by encephalitis, irrespective of age, sex or ethnicity
  4. Encephalitis can lead to death and survivors are often left with an acquired brain injury and life-changing consequences
  5. Early recognition and treatment can save lives and improve patient outcomes

Get involved in World Encephalitis Day

There are many ways you can help us on World Encephalitis Day 2024.

Why is encephalitis diagnosis important?

A global survey commissioned by Encephalitis International has revealed that emergency medical professionals lack confidence in recognising encephalitis – risking delays in recognition, diagnosis and treatment.

The findings have been the focus of our media campaign this World Encephalitis Day.

Find out more about the survey and what it means moving forward.


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Our WED appeal

Our mission is to raise £40,000 by World Encephalitis Day which we will then devote to training medical professionals around the world about the diagnosis and treatment of encephalitis.


Light up a Landmark

Discover which landmarks are lighting up red for World Encephalitis Day on Thursday, 22nd February.

World Encephalitis Day coverage

Read and watch some of the media coverage from World Encephalitis Day

WED - Official Partners

Encephalitis International is proud to be delivering this year’s World Encephalitis Day in collaboration with several generous corporate supporters.

We have a range of campaign partnership opportunities and can be flexible for what suits your organisation.

WED - highlights

Take a look back at highlights from our previous World Encephalitis Day campaigns

Page Created: 20 October 2023
Last Modified: 27 February 2024
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