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MRF funded study which formed basis of Action Meningitis published

MRF funded study which formed basis of Action Meningitis published

24 July 2013

Research funded by Meningitis Research Foundation, and the MLW Clinical Research Programme Core grant from the Wellcome Trust, UK (www.wellcome.ac.uk) has recently been published in international, peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE.

High mortality burden from Acute Bacterial Meningitis (ABM) in resource-poor settings such as Malawi has been frequently blamed on delays in treatment seeking.

The study - Recognising and Treatment Seeking for Acute Bacterial Meningitis in Adults and Children in Resource-Poor Settings explored treatment-seeking pathways from household to primary health care and referral to hospital for ABM in Malawi.

The study found that given the difficulties in diagnosis of meningitis where malaria is common, any intervention for ABM at primary level must focus on recognising severe illness, and encouraging action at the household, community and primary health levels. Overcoming barriers to recognition and social constraints at community level require broad community-based strategies and may provide a route to addressing poor clinical outcomes.

This study has formed the basis of our first health intervention project in Africa - Action Meningitis.

To read the paper in full please go to: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0068163

To find out more about Action Meningitis please go to: http://www.meningitis.org/action-meningitis