Protect children in Africa from deadly meningitis

by PATH Vetted since 2011


The Meningitis Vaccine Project is working to end epidemics of meningitis A, which regularly kill or disable thousands of children and young adults in sub-Saharan Africa.

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For more than a century, meningitis has swept across sub-Saharan Africa on dusty winds with unstoppable force. With each epidemic, the disease decimates communities, killing one in ten people who fall ill and leaving one-quarter of survivors with mental disabilities or profound hearing loss. A new vaccine created by PATH and the World Health Organization has the potential to end the epidemics. Now we need additional support to make sure the vaccine reaches millions of young people across Africa.


In December 2010, people across Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger began receiving a meningitis vaccine developed specifically to target the strain of the disease most destructive to people living in Africa's 25-country meningitis belt. In 2011, young Africans in Chad, Nigeria, and Cameroon started receiving the vaccine as well. As of December 2012, more than 100 million people across ten African countries have received that same lifesaving protection.

Long-Term Impact

If enough people receive the vaccine, WHO estimates it will protect 450 million people from the disease and save nearly 150,000 lives. Epidemic meningitis A will be a memory.


More information on the meningitis project
PATH website
World Health Organization website

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Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Donor Relations
Seattle, WA United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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