Awareness & education
Meningitis Research Foundation estimates that there are around 3,400 cases of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK and Ireland.
This means that every day nine people become ill with the diseases. With one in ten people dying, a death will occur almost every day. A further two people will be left with life-altering after effects as severe as brain damage, deafness and multiple amputations.
The highest burden of meningitis in the world is in the Meningitis Belt of sub-Saharan Africa, where epidemics can strike up to a quarter of a million people in a single year, with tens of thousands of deaths.
Meningitis vaccines offer excellent protection, but they are not yet available for all forms. So it's vital to know meningitis symptoms
and what to do if you suspect someone has meningitis or septicaemia.
Find out what causes meningitis and septicaemia
Anyone of any age can get meningitis or septicaemia, but various factors can increase the risk.
Meningitis and septicaemia can appear separately or together and have different symptoms.
Learn the symptoms and how to perform the Tumbler Test - it could save a life.
Number and type of cases of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia in the UK
Find out about the vaccines
available for some forms of meningitis, who needs them and when.
Information and help for those dealing with the physical and psychological after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.
Resources for families following hospital discharge in the UK
Counting the Cost is a major MRF campaign which reveals the shocking lifelong costs of surviving meningitis and septicaemia and calls on Government to pursue the widest and earliest implementation of vaccines to prevent the diseases.
Find answers to some of the most common questions and concerns regarding the disease.
Definitive answers from the experts
Our range of award winning awareness information for the general public and health professionals can be ordered online here.
Further information about meningitis and septicaemia.
MRF reports on the access to urgent hospital care and follow-up care,
and the long-term impact of the illness on health and well-being.