A World free from meningitis and septicaemia


  • Our purpose is to identify, test and scale high impact interventions that improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of meningitis and the support available to those that get it.
  • For over 25 years we have been funding research projects aimed at tackling meningitis wherever it exists.

Our first health intervention project in Malawi is starting to bear fruit



Currently we have five projects based in Africa where the need is greatest



Study of the duration of protection after mass vaccination with a new vaccine against epidemic meningitis in the general population of Burkina Faso, a country of the African meningitis belt

Agence de Médecine Préventive, Burkina Faso

Investigating how long protection lasts after vaccination by taking blood samples from children and adults and measuring levels of immunity.

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Investigating transmission of GBS to newborn babies in Malawi

Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Programme, Malawi

Using state-of the art genetic fingerprinting techniques to investigate the relationship between GBS bacteria carried by mothers and those causing severe GBS disease in Malawi.

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Vaccinating expectant mothers against MenA

Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia; Public Health England, Manchester, UK

Protecting newborn infants from meningococcal A infection and meningitis

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Improving Survival in HIV-infected Adults at Risk of Cryptococcal Meningitis

St George's University of London, London, UK, National Institution for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa

Investigating the causes of severe illness and death in HIV-infected cryptococcal positive patients.

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Improving meningitis survival among people living with AIDS in Tanzania

Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania

Maximising meningitis detection and prompt referral in a rural district

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Alexandra Letcher
Projects Officer

Hello, I am Alexandra Letcher and I joined MRF in June 2016 as Projects Coordinator. My role is to support the planning, implementation and monitoring of our international projects, with a specific focus on our Action Meningitis health project in Blantyre, Malawi.

In collaboration with the Malawian Ministry of Health and other partners, we are working to train local healthcare workers and introduce a WHO-approved triage system in clinics using mobile phone technology in order to improve the treatment of seriously ill children.

With a background in development and humanitarian work in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, I am a passionate advocate of strengthening healthcare systems through building the capacity of healthcare workers in cooperation with national governments. I am delighted to have joined the MRF team as it looks to expand its international reach and impact.

If you'd like to know more about MRF's International Projects work, please get in touch.

alexandral@meningitis.org

Page last updated 20.12.16