What are meningitis and septicaemia?
Meningitis is inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord – the meninges. Septicaemia is blood poisoning caused by the same germs and is the more life threatening form of the disease. Septicaemia can occur with or without meningitis.
Facts about the disease:
Meningitis and septicaemia kill around 1,000 people around the world every day.
Babies and children under five and young people are especially vulnerable but anyone of any age can be affected.
Globally, up to 5% of all deaths of children aged under five are caused by meningitis and septicaemia, while a third of survivors have long term disabilities, like amputation, brain damage and deafness.
The two forms of the disease have different symptoms.
Work that the charity provides:
- Funds research into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia and shares the knowledge gained by research so everyone can benefit
- Raises awareness of meningitis and septicaemia
- Supports those affected by meningitis and septicaemia
- Build on our track record of significant support for research outside of the UK while developing new models to tackle the diseases globally, like our Action Meningitis health intervention project in Malawi
For further information about the charity please visit the MRF website.