The global fight against disease has been an uphill battle fought for centuries by humans and more recently medicines, vaccines and technology. While some diseases have been conquered in several parts of the world, for example yellow fever and polio, these diseases amongst many others continue to fight back and wage on at a disastrous human cost.

Meningitis and septicaemia is one such disease that continues to take victims both in the Global North and the Global South. Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord caused by bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Septicaemia is the blood poisoning form of the disease. Dependant upon the form of meningitis, it can kill and/or severely disable a patient in hours with babies, children and young adults most at risk of infection.

Globally, it’s estimated that 1000 people per day die from meningitis, and in the African meningitis belt, epidemics can strike up to 250,000 people in a single year. The 2010 epidemic saw over 20000 reported cases in 14 countries, with over 2000 deaths.

…the disease takes the light of one person every day…

In the UK, there are 3200 cases of bacterial meningitis every year. There are around 10 new cases every day. One in ten of these patients will die. A worryingly high number for a country so advanced in medicine and technology.

Yet, thanks to the tremendous work from the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), the cases of viral meningitis and septicaemia have halved in the past 25 years. Focusing not just in the UK but globally too, the MRF have raised millions for research, prevention, detection and treatment to help all those in danger of catching the disease. But as always, more needs to be done. And this is where you come in. The MRF, in partnership with Student Adventures, are giving students an incredible opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro or dog sled in the Arctic in the summer of 2015, all the while raising awareness and funds for meningitis.

…MRF are looking for sociable, strong leaders…

If you are currently studying at university, this is your chance to become an adventure leader. MRF are looking for sociable, strong leaders that can recruit and support volunteers at their university to partake in this epic adventure.

The success and results of this partnership, over the years, has been incredible. Plymouth University recently raised £70000 and the students of London raising just under £40000. One adventure leader at Kent University raised a staggering £90000, all for the MRF. Since this project began, £1.96 million has been raised.

…it is now your times to participate…

Every year we see battles won and battles lost against deadly diseases. Through the hard work of the MRF and adventure leaders, meningitis and septicaemia are slowly being eradicated globally. Every effort and every bit of work is vital. It is now your time to participate, to join the fight and help abolish this disease for all.

Visit the MRF here.

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