WHO part­ners with MRF to work on menin­gi­tis

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Who News -

At a global meet­ing of ex­perts or­gan­ised by Menin­gi­tis Re­search Foun­da­tion (MRF) and Wil­ton Park, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) an­nounced a re­newed ef­fort to help de­feat menin­gi­tis.

The meet­ing high­lighted the ur­gent need for a global menin­gi­tis vi­sion and strat­egy. WHO recog­nised its key role in menin­gi­tis prevention over the last decade and an­nounced plans to bring to­gether global ex­per­tise to de­velop a roadmap for elim­i­nat­ing menin­gi­tis epi­demics from the ‘menin­gi­tis belt’ in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa by 2030.

The in­tent is to also work with part­ners, in­clud­ing MRF, in a bid to ex­tend the scope to other coun­tries around the world, and to help tackle the many dif­fer­ent causes of menin­gi­tis.

The fo­cus would be to work on elim­i­nat­ing epi­demic menin­gi­tis from the menin­gi­tis belt and ex­am­in­ing the po­ten­tial for a more global agenda as iden­ti­fied by the meet­ing. Long-term pro­tec­tion against MenA would be en­sured for the en­tire at-risk pop­u­la­tion in the menin­gi­tis belt, build­ing on the suc­cess of re­cent vac­ci­na­tion cam­paigns.

Dis­ease sur­veil­lance in the menin­gi­tis belt will be en­hanced. Devel­op­ment and pub­lic health use of af­ford­able vac­cines will be pro­moted that tackle dif­fer­ent causes of menin­gi­tis in the menin­gi­tis belt. Menin­gi­tis ex­per­tise will be called for to ad­dress glob­ally the many dif­fer­ent causes of menin­gi­tis around the world.

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