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PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.
Aug 21, 2013

Meningitis cases reach a 10-year low

A summer report by the World Health Organization (WHO) brings encouraging news for the fight against epidemic meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa. The number of cases reported during the 2013 epidemic season was the lowest it’s been in a decade. The decrease in cases is thought to be due to the introduction of MenAfriVac®—a vaccine developed by PATH and WHO through the Meningitis Vaccine Project.

Plans are under way for the continued rollout of MenAfriVac® across Africa’s meningitis belt. To date, 10 out of 26 countries have launched mass vaccination campaigns, and by the end of this year, another 2 will join them. The Gambia will vaccinate its whole population of 1- to 29-year-olds (about 1.2 million people), while Ethiopia will take a staggered approach, vaccinating 20 million people this fall in the first of three phases. Nigeria and Sudan will continue their phased introduction of MenAfriVac®.

By the close of 2013, more than 150 million young Africans will have received the lifesaving vaccine since it was first introduced in 2010. This progress wouldn’t be possible without generous contributions from donors. Thank you so much for your support!

MenAfriVac is a registered trademark of Serum Institute of India Ltd.

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May 24, 2013

Everyday hope: Safely expanding MenAfriVac

MenAfriVac brings hope to millions of Africans.
MenAfriVac brings hope to millions of Africans.

Outbreaks of deadly and debilitating meningococcal A meningitis once stopped many African communities in their tracks. Now, however, more than 103 million people carry a new hope—protection gained from the MenAfriVac® vaccine. Immunity with just one dose is expected to be long lasting, and as of this update, there has not been a single reported case in a person who has been vaccinated.

With help from you and other partners, the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP)—a collaboration between PATH and the World Health Organization—is reaching more people each year. Mass immunization campaigns will introduce MenAfriVac® in Ethiopia and The Gambia in 2013. These efforts—combined with the ongoing rollout of the vaccine in Nigeria and Sudan—could protect 50 million more people in the current age group (1 to 29 years) by the end of the year.

At the same time, we’re thinking even bigger (and smaller): What if infants received this lifesaving protection as part of routine immunizations? Primary results from infant clinical trials are very promising, and we hope to introduce the MenAfriVac® vaccine in routine immunization programs in a couple of years’ time.

Your support is helping MVP bring lifesaving MenAfriVac® to more communities and building a foundation to sustain this crucial protection for years to come. Thank you!

MenAfriVac®, a registered trademark of Serum Institute of India Ltd., was developed by PATH and the World Health Organization, working with two dozen global collaborators.

Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.

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Feb 25, 2013

Celebrating 100 million

Original report posted on February 25, 2013.
Report revised in June 2013 to remove photo.

Just over two years ago, a child in the African nation of Burkina Faso became the first person to receive a revolutionary new vaccine against deadly meningitis A. Today, PATH and our partners are celebrating another remarkable milestone: more than 100 million people across ten African countries have received that same lifesaving protection.

The president of Benin hosted a celebration in November 2012 marking the 100 millionth person vaccinated with the MenAfriVac® vaccine, an event attended by delegates from many of Africa’s 26 “meningitis belt” countries. The achievement was further recognized in early December at the GAVI Alliance Partners’ Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Since December 2010, the MenAfriVac® vaccine has been introduced in countries across sub-Saharan Africa through mass vaccination campaigns aimed at eliminating epidemic meningitis as a public health problem.

The MenAfriVac® vaccine has significantly reduced the burden of meningitis in those countries. To date, not a single case of group A meningococcal meningitis has been reported in the 54 million people who received one dose of MenAfriVac® in 2010–2011.

MenAfriVac®, a registered trademark of Serum Institute of India Ltd., was developed by PATH and the World Health Organization, at the request of African countries and working with two dozen global collaborators.

Seasonal meningitis A epidemics threaten the lives of 450 million people living in the meningitis belt. The disease causes inflammation of the lining around the brain and the spine that can kill people within 24 to 48 hours. Those who survive often face severe learning difficulties and deafness. Children and young adults are at the highest risk.

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