WHO launches strategy to eradicate meningitis in Africa

Online |  2 weeks ago | international

The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that between now and 2030, about $US1.5 billion will be needed to complete its regional plan to eradicate meningitis in Africa, which if fully implemented, will save more than 140 000 lives and dramatically reduce disability in the region.

The strategy launched last week lays out a roadmap for countries to strengthen diagnosis, monitoring, care, advocacy, and vaccination in order to eradicate outbreaks, reduce fatalities by 70%, and cut infections in half by 2030. 

Meningitis is caused by inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord and is spread through sneezing, saliva, or phlegm from an infected person's nose and throat.