Our strategy

Our vision is a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.

Our strategy to defeat meningitis

We want a world that promises more for people and families at risk of meningitis and septicaemia, and for those already living with the after effects of the disease.

Between 2017 and 2020 we will bring together people and expertise to meet the challenges of meningitis and septicaemia wherever they exist in the world – we are driven to defeat a disease that does not respect people or national boundaries.

Vision

A world free from meningitis and septicaemia.

Mission

To defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever they exist.

Role

To support research into, advocate for and take action towards defeating meningitis and septicaemia.

Foundations 

To defeat meningitis wherever it exists our work will be built on three foundations. These cut across all our work and are commitments we make in everything we do:
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Available data on meningitis is often partial or poor. Because of this we do not have a true picture of the disease. Poor or inconsistent data collection and surveillance systems are a major contributory factor. We need to ensure robust data is available in order to implement effective, sustainable solutions for a world free from meningitis. Because of this we will ensure that all of our actions are based on the best possible evidence so that robust solutions can make real progress towards defeating meningitis.
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Many experts and organisations are working on meningitis but none achieve the transformation we are looking for on their own. MRF, with our unique history, can play a key role in connecting the right people to bring about change. By convening others, bringing together experts, and coordinating knowledge we can advocate for change. Forming new partnerships will also give us a stronger voice of influence. Because of this we will work in partnership with others to combine expertise, skills, and experience, bringing together knowledge needed to deliver our goals.

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To defeat meningitis we need sustainable long-term solutions. While we continue to be innovative, we do this in order to find solutions that last. The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a clear framework for long-term priorities and we will work to align global meningitis action with these goals. Because of this we will work towards a long-term, sustainable programme of work to ensure continued effort to defeat meningitis.

Goals

We have three goals: to see fewer people get meningitis and septicaemia; to see more people survive with a better quality of life and reduced disability; to have more engaged, informed and supported patients and communities.
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Goal

To see fewer people get meningitis and septicaemia.

By 2030 this means

Effective vaccines for epidemics and routine schedules in place to protect people most at risk within populations.

Key objectives in this strategy

  • To support ongoing research into better ways to improve prevention of meningitis.
  • To secure a global commitment and plan to eliminate meningitis with vaccines at its core.
Our activity

To fund, promote and undertake research into vaccines and advocate for effective vaccine policy and financing in the UK and Republic of Ireland, as well as at a global and country level.

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Goal
To see more people survive with a better quality of life and reduced disability.
By 2030 this means
Patient pathways, health systems and appropriate tools exist that enable accurate, rapid diagnosis and appropriate treatment of meningitis and septicaemia.
Key objectives in this strategy
To be working with partners in the UK, Republic of Ireland and 3-5 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa on strengthening the patient healthcare pathway.
To maintain and develop our work in Malawi.
Our activity
To fund, promote and undertake research into effective diagnosis and treatment as well as carry out targeted projects with suitable partners to strengthen patient pathways, and access, in countries with high burden of disease.
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Goal

To have more engaged, informed and supported patients and communities.

By 2030 this means

People and communities are cared for and have their voice heard within the health system to make it responsive to their needs.

Key objectives in this strategy

  • To maintain our strong UK and Republic of Ireland patient voice.
  • To have established new partnerships at both a global level and country level directly with at least 10 patient representatives or groups in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Our activity

We will help our members and supporters and ensure their voice is heard in the UK and Republic of Ireland policy process. We will reach out to other like-minded patient groups in settings where burden of disease is high to help ensure their communities play an active role in the fight against the disease and after effects.

MRF will play a key role in making this happen by combining three approaches: funding research; advocating for change; taking action to get results.

We directly fund, seek grant funding for, and support high-quality research to help defeat meningitis.
We call for positive change as a united voice against meningitis and septicaemia, and a dedicated champion for those it affects.
We take action that benefits people directly, including running awareness campaigns, training health professionals and providing support and information services.

Our strategy

Every day we hear from individuals and families affected by or at risk of meningitis and septicaemia. By listening to their stories, and with nearly 30 years of experience, we have developed a good understanding of what they need to be protected, treated and supported. This strategy is written for them, from their perspective, so that no one is left behind.
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