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Global photography project launched in London

Global photography project launched in London

08 October 2013

Protecting our Tomorrows - a new global photography campaign with celebrated photographer Anne Geddes has been launched today in London.

Anne will partner with meningitis charities (including Meningitis Research Foundation) around the world along with the international Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) to meet and photograph families who have been affected by meningitis and septicaemia.

These images will be collated and put into a special book to convey the sudden and profound impact of meningitis and the book will be launched on 24 April 2014 to mark World Meningitis Day.

The campaign will highlight the ongoing threat of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia, which kills more UK children under the age of five than any other infectious disease and aims to broaden awareness about the importance of meningitis prevention.

Today's launch has been marked with a 3,400 strong teddy bears' picnic on Potter's Field in the shadow of Tower Bridge. The installation illustrates the burden of meningitis and septicaemia in the UK. Each bear representing someone who will contract the disease every year.

MRF Ambassador Bradley Bernett shared his experience of the disease with those attending the launch. His 20 month old son Saul contracted meningococcal group B (MenB) meningitis and septicaemia in 2010 which resulted in him losing his left leg below the knee and some hearing.

This activity has been organised by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited.

 

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