Meningitis charity gets Scottish Government backing

Meningitis vaccine...just one way the charity is helping those in Malawi
Meningitis vaccine...just one way the charity is helping those in Malawi

A LEADING meningitis charity has received considerable backing from the Scottish Government to fight the disease in an impoverished African country.

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is delighted to have received a substantial three year grant from the Scottish Government to continue its health intervention project, Action Meningitis, in Malawi.

The international charity launched Action Meningitis because its research showed meningitis in Malawi is particularly lethal, and that Malawians often delay seeking medical help until it is too late.

The grant from the Scottish Government will enable MRF to continue to deliver its innovative triaging programme, training local health care workers to assess children using cheap and simple mobile phone technology.

Since the project began, in December 2012, this has enabled over 200,000 children to be efficiently assessed and the seriously ill prioritised for treatment.

Mary Millar, Manager Meningitis Research Foundation in Scotland said: “We are extremely grateful to the Scottish Government for this grant towards our Action Meningitis project. The continuation of the project will undoubtedly result in many more lives being saved being from meningitis in Malawi. We are happy that our work will also help to continue to enhance the historical bonds between the peoples of Scotland and Malawi.”