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.