16 May GAVI Alliance commits to fund $100 mn for meningitis control in Africa
GAVI Alliance, a Geneva-based Public-Private Partnership (PPP) has committed US$100 million to help tackle meningitis A in Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria. This is part of a strategy to save lives in Africa with a new life-saving vaccine, MenAfriVac.
Africa’s ‘meningitis belt’ covers 25 countries stretching from Senegal in the West to Ethiopia in the East. A 1996-97, the epidemic hit 250,000 people, of whom 25,000 died and 50,000 were left with varying forms of disability.