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Our patron, popular TV and radio presenter Kirsty Young, appealed on BBC Radio 4 for support for our Action Meningitis project tackling meningitis in Malawi.
Kirsty is a meningitis survivor and knows only too well how important prompt action is when diagnosing this devastating disease.
In Africa meningitis is often misdiagnosed for milder illnesses or mistreated as malaria. Globally an estimated 1,000 people die from meningitis every single day and many others are left seriously disabled in countries ill-equipped to support them.
In Malawi, half the children who get meningitis die. Health clinics are over stretched and overcrowded. Very sick children wait hours; some die before ever being seen.
Meningitis Research Foundation's Action Meningitis health initiative improves chances of survival by empowering healthworkers to identify severe illnesses like meningitis quickly and accurately - so emergency cases are fast-tracked to hospital.
In Malawi 100,000 children have been helped in the last year.
With your support we could extend that number. £150 buys triage technology for rapid assessment of symptoms using a mobile phone, and £60 trains a healthworker how to use it.More about Action Meningitis