About Meningitis Research Foundation


  • Meningitis and septicaemia kill around 1,000 people around the world every day.
  • Babies and children under five and young people are especially vulnerable but anyone of any age can be affected.
  • Globally, up to 5% of all deaths of children aged under five are caused by meningitis and septicaemia
  • A third of survivors have long term disabilities, like amputation, brain damage and deafness.
  • £19.1m (€24.5m/$30m) invested over in 156 research projects since 1989
  • £1m spent on awareness and personal support to those affected every year
  • Over one million leaflets freely distributed to the public and health professionals every year
  • Over 17,500 members and supporters of the charity worldwide

Our vision is of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia

At Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) we are driven by the call of people who have experienced the devastating effects of meningitis and septicaemia. The call is simple but powerful, to ensure “no other family has to go through what we have”.

Our vision is of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia. A world where effective vaccinations can protect everyone. A world where people who do get the diseases get the most effective diagnosis and treatments possible. A world where people affected and their families have the best support and information

Research and awareness


We link people with research, policy and practice. We do this by funding research into effective vaccines, diagnostics and treatments. We share results of the research with the public, health care professionals and research networks to raise awareness of what they can do to increase personal, family and community protection, optimise treatments and strengthen health systems.

Supporting people and families


We provide direct support to people and families affected. We believe that working in partnership the knowledge, experience, skills and finance available from the private sector are essential to achieving long term and sustainable impacts. We fundraise, inform and educate.

Over 25 years we have played an instrumental role in helping to reduce death and disability from meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists. To achieve this our incredible supporters have enabled us to fund research in the UK, Europe, North and South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Australasia.

International presence


With a drive to continue ongoing work in the UK and Ireland whilst growing our international presence significantly, we are about to embark on a new phase of development for the charity. 

The charity


  • Our head office is in Bristol UK, and we have teams in Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Blantyre, Malawi.
  • We are a national registered charity in England and Wales, and Scotland. Our registration number in England and Wales is 1091105. In Scotland it is SC037586. We have charity exemption in Ireland, reference CHY 12030.
  • Our registered office is Newminster House, 27-29 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1LT UK
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Meet the Team


Meningitis Research Foundation is made up of people throughout the world who come together to work towards our vision of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.

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Dóchas Code of Conduct


In Ireland, Meningitis Research Foundation is a proud signatory of the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Messages and Images for development organisations.

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Annual Report and Accounts

The 2015/16 annual report and accounts have been drawn up following the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) FRS 102, in accordance with the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Page last updated 12.04.17