Meningitis in Ireland

Ireland has the highest prevalence of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in Europe.

Meningitis and septicaemia can kill in hours. Survivors can be left with severe after effects including multiple amputations, brain damage and deafness. Although the diseases can affect anyone of any age, babies, young children and young adults are most at risk.

The Foundation’s Dublin office opened in July 1996, in response to the high incidence of meningitis and septicaemia  in Ireland.

Meningitis Research Foundation is combating meningitis and septicaemia in Ireland by funding research into prevention, detection and treatment, raising awareness of the diseases and their symptoms, and supporting people who have already been affected by the diseases, like Brian and Daraine.

But we need your help.

The Disease in Ireland

The big numbers in Ireland

  • 200 cases on average in Ireland every year
  • 10% of people who contract meningitis and septicaemia will die as a result
  • 10% of survivors will have a major disability including amputations, brain damage and hearing loss
  • 33% of survivors will have after effects including psychological disorders & reduced IQ

The human cost in Ireland

We take inspiration from our members in Ireland. They are determined something positive should come out of their traumatic personal stories.

They want us raise aware awareness and fund research to prevent others suffering.

Brian lost his daughter, Elizabeth, to meningitis

Daraine lost her legs to meningococcal septicaemia

Counting the Cost in Ireland

We have examined the psycho-social costs of surviving meningitis and septicaemia for patients and their families in Counting the Cost of Meningitis.

Counting the Cost of Meningitis  is a comprehensive analysis of the psycho-social impact of the diseases on illustrative case studies. The information contained in these case studies was gathered from survivors of meningitis in Ireland and their families.

Download Counting the Cost of Meningitis

Prevention in Ireland

Vaccination in Ireland

Prevention is better than cure and the best way to prevent meningitis and septicaemia is by vaccination.

For over 25 years we have been funding research into creating new and more effective vaccines against the diseases, and campaigning for the introduction of safe and effective vaccines into the childhood immunistions schedule.

In Ireland, vaccines have been introduced against some forms of the diseases:

  • Hib in 1992
  • Meningococcal Group C (MenC) in 2000
  • Pneumococcal in 2008
  • Bexsero, a vaccine that protects against meningococcal Group B (MenB) has been available privately in Ireland since December 2013 and was offered to babies for free as part of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule from December 2016, following an announcement by the Department of Health.
MRF welcomes MenB vaccine decision for Ireland

See the routine vaccination schedule in Ireland

The After Effects of Meningitis and Septicaemia

Your Guide

Your Guide provides in depth information about recovery and potential after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

We've created a version of Your Guide especially for Irish readers.

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How You Can Help

Regular Giving

Regular Giving is an option available to everyone. It allows you to donate funds without having to remember to do it! We simply set up a Direct Debit with your bank, or your payroll or pension if you work within the fire and rescue service, so the payment is hassle free.

You can choose the amount that you would like to donate and the frequency of the donation made – it's up to you. Your donation could help us provide:

€10 1 school or university information pack
€15 1 hour of in-depth support
€40 1 hour of a typical research project
€150 20 information packs for GP surgeries
€375 funding for our helpline for half a day

If you donate €250 or more in any given year to MRF (a minimum of €21 per month), an additional 31% waits at Revenue. The best part is that it’s FREE for you and amazing opportunity for US so we can do even more to raise awareness, support people affected and fund the medical research. If you want to help is in this way, please download the direct debit form here. 

Art Auction

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If you missed our successful Art Auction last month, you still have a chance to purchase some of the outstanding artworks. The above works are now available for a fixed price

Just make your choice and then contactMonika to make it yours.

Your Team in Ireland

Monika Marchlewicz
Ireland Manager

Hi, I’m Monika and I have worked for the Foundation since May 2006.

My motto has always been 'Don't just do it - do it with passion and pride!' The true meaning of this was never more apparent than when I started working for the Foundation. It is a privilege to work alongside so many amazing, skilled and passionate people who really do make a difference! I am proud to represent MRF.

My proudest accomplishment is beautiful and smart son. Away from the office, I enjoy outdoor activities, including gardening, and home improvement projects.

Caroline Kreiger
Medical Information Officer, Ireland

I work as the Medical Information Officer for Ireland and have been with the Charity since December 2012.

I enjoy my job as every day is varied and I get to meet and work with a lot of different and inspirational people. I get great satisfaction from promoting meningitis awareness in Ireland and working towards the shared goals of the Foundation.

Ola Wartak-Tolak
Administrative, Financial and Fundraising Officer, Ireland

I joined MRF in October 2016 and I work as the Administrative, Financial and Fundraising Officer in our Dublin office.

I find my customer service and banking skills as well as the knowledge of the small charity sector very useful in my new role. 

I not only looking after the office administration and its finance but I also organise all of our bucket collections and raffles throughout the year. 

Fortunately, I can count on helping hand from our amazing members, supporters and volunteers.

I love a good read, I am passionate about ceramics and I enjoy hikes in Wicklow Mountains.

Get in Touch

For questions about meningitis and septicaemia, our Freefone helpline is available 365 days a year in Ireland on 1800 41 33 44

To get in touch with the team

Tel 01 819 6931
Fax 01 819 6903

To write to us or visit us:

Meningitis Research Foundation
64-66 Lower Gardiner Street
Gardiner House
Dublin 1

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Page last updated 04.07.17