Meningitis Global Roadmap meeting

Tuesday 5 March 2019
Meningitis Roadmap Global health
Defeating meningitis by 2030 – developing a global roadmap
Young boys wait to be vaccinated against meningitis, at a village in Niger during an outbreak in 2018. More than 33,620 people aged between two and 29 years were vaccinated.
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Setting the research agenda

Epicentre participated in 'Defeating meningitis by 2030 – developing a global roadmap', a meeting sponsored by the World Health Organization and the Meningitis Research Foundation in Wilton Park, UK, between 27 February and 1 March, 2019. At the meeting experts and stakeholders from around the world outline priority areas for research and enhanced control activities, with goals and specific solutions. Over the next couple of years this effort should culminate in a global roadmap with clear milestones.

Epicentre's contribution to combat meningitis in a nutshell

Epicentre has supported MSF as it responds to meningitis epidemics in the field by carrying out outbreak investigation and epidemic description. In recent years, efforts have particularly focused on a newly-emerged strain of meningococcus called Serogroup C that has been responsible for large epidemics in Niger and Nigeria. Recent research studies have included a case-control study to evaluate the effectiveness of meningococcal vaccines in Niamey, and a cluster randomized trial that showed that providing single-dose village-wide antibiotic prophylaxis reduced the number of cases by 60% during an epidemic.

Selected publications

Single-dose oral ciprofloxacin prophylaxis as a response to a meningococcal meningitis epidemic in the African meningitis belt: A 3-arm, open-label, cluster-randomized trial.

Journal Reference: PLoS medicine 2018 Jun ; 15(6); e1002593. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002593. Epub 2018 06 26

Four years of case-based surveillance of meningitis following the introduction of MenAfriVac in Moissala, Chad: lessons learned.

Journal Reference: Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH 2017 12 ; 22(12); 1561-1568. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12987. Epub 2017 10 26
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