Meningitis Research Foundation
Meningitis affects more than 2.8 million people globally each year. Many of the major bacterial pathogens that cause meningitis also cause sepsis. They can occur together or separately and can be very difficult to distinguish. Together, meningitis and neonatal sepsis were the second biggest infectious killers of children under the age of five globally in 2016. People who experience the disease are often left with life-changing after-effects, including brain injury, hearing impairment and limb loss. Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is a leading UK, Irish and international NGO that brings together people and expertise to defeat meningitis wherever it exists. We have been funding research institutions around the world and supporting health professionals and people affected by the disease in the UK and Ireland since 1989. We combine evidence from research with the voice of patients to advocate for change. MRF has been working as an international development partner since 2012. We are implementing programmes in Malawi and Uganda and preparing to expand our work to other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where the burden of the disease is greatest. We are also leading initiatives that will have impact on a global scale, including playing an active role on the WHO-led Technical Task Force responsible for developing the Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2030.
March 6th, 2024 at 10:00