MenAfriCar Third Annual Consortium Meeting a Success

The Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) hosted the third annual meeting of the African Meningococcal Carriage Consortium in Dakar, Senegal from 11-13 May 2011.

The meeting was attended by delegates from MenAfriCar partner institutions around the world, as well as colleagues from various other consortia and research institutes. Representatives from IRD and the Senegalese Ministry of Health offered words of encouragement as they delivered the official opening speeches to the consortium.

The meeting got off to a great start with presentations of the preliminary findings from the 2010 rainy season cross-sectional carriage surveys in Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal. The University of Oxford presented results of the carriage strains identified by DNA analysis. The overall carriage of serogroup A was much lower than expected. However, University of Oxford analysis continues and final results have not yet been confirmed.

Whilst the focus of the meeting was undoubtedly the discussion of the results of the MenAfriCar cross-sectional studies and comparison with preliminary results from a separate study in Burkina Faso, delegates were also keen to discuss other relevant ongoing work in the region including a new study exploring the links between climate and meningococcal meningitis and the latest roll-out plans for MenAfriVac.

Following two productive days of meetings, delegates from each partner institute attended a final day of smaller workshops exchanging lessons learned and feeding these back into the planning and design of the next carriage surveys which will take place later this year.

Thanks to Dr Jean Francois Trape, Dr Aldiouma Diallo and the IRD team for their assistance in organizing such a great meeting!


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Delegates at the meeting in Dakar © MenAfriCar