Meningitis A Vaccination Launches in Chad

Today, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno announced the official launch of a vaccination campaign against Meningitis A in Chad.

MenAfriVac, a meningococcal A conjugate vaccine developed through the Meningitis Vaccine Project, was introduced in Burkina-Faso, Mali, and Niger last year.

Vaccination against meningitis A in Chad will be rolled out in four phases, beginning in December 2011. The first 3 regions where MenAfriVac will be introduced are: the city of N’djamena, Chari-Baguirmi, and Mayo-Kebbi East. The goal is to immunize all 1 – 29 year olds in the aforementioned regions, which should protect them against meningitis A for at least 10 years.

 

 

This photo is reprinted with permission from IRIN, the humanitarian news and analysis service. Photo © Nancy Palus/IRIN.

Woman and child at a health centre in Chad © Nancy Palus/IRIN