Meningitis Research Foundation

The charity and its work

Meningitis Research Foundation’s vision is a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.

The charity funds research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, and to improve survival rates and outcomes. MRF promotes education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and gives support to people affected. 

Meningitis Research Foundation’s awareness programme

  • MRF communicates its life-saving messages through award-winning awareness campaigns, a world-renowned website, conference organisation and the production and distribution of a wide range of freely available literature.
  • The charity's public awareness programme focuses on the people who are at most risk, and those who care for them. Symptoms are clearly set out along with information on how to take fast and effective action if a case is suspected.
  • MRF produces guidance notes and protocols for health professionals to promote best practice in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with meningitis and septicaemia.
  • The aim of MRF’s awareness work is to save lives.

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Meningitis Research Foundation’s support services

  • MRF provides support to those whose lives have been affected by meningitis and septicaemia.
  • MRF encourages people to realise that they are not alone in coping with the devastating effects of meningitis and septicaemia, by providing a sympathetic listening ear, home visits, specially tailored literature and befriending services.
  • MRF’s befriending service puts people with closely matching experiences in touch with each other.

Call MRF’s Freefone 24 hour helpline – 080 8800 3344

Meningitis Research Foundation’s helpline

  • MRF’s helpline is there at any time, night or day, 365 days a year for anyone with concerns about meningitis and septicaemia.
  • Callers to the helpline are offered free symptoms information.
  • Health professionals and other organisations dealing with cases of meningitis and septicaemia are offered more in-depth information tailored to their specific needs.

Call MRF’s Freefone 24 hour helpline – 080 8800 3344

Meningitis Research Foundation’s research programme

  • MRF funds a programme of research into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia.
  • MRF currently funds 26 research projects. Since it was founded in 1989, the charity has awarded 133 research grants, leading to many advances in the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. The total value of MRF's investment in vital scientific research is nearly £16 million.

Find out more about MRF’s research programme

Meningitis Research Foundation
Midland Way
BS35 2BS

01454 281811

Registered Charity Number: 1091105