The northern regions of Ghana lie within the meningitis belt. More than 1,000 cases were reported in 2003 and 2004 but fewer cases between 2005 and 2008. During 2009, 302 cases of meningitis were reported, followed by 1164 cases in 2010, 773 in 2011 and 956 in 2012, with serogroup W being the predominant cause. In 2012, 195,000 doses of ACYW polysaccharide vaccine were released for reactive immunisation campaigns in Kassena Nankana and Kassena Nankana West districts.
MenAfriCar’s collaborating centre in Ghana is the Navrongo Health Research Centre, Navrongo where longitudinal studies of meningococcal carriage have been conducted for over 10 years.