Experts available to discuss use of meningitis vaccine in childhood immunization programs

Global vaccine experts and officials from all 26 African "meningitis belt" countries will convene in Ethiopia next week in advance of the Ministerial Conference on Immunization to celebrate one of Africa's biggest public health achievements--the introduction of a vaccine that in five years of use has protected more than 235 million people in 16 countries, nearly eliminating meningitis A disease on the continent.

With this "stunning success," high-ranking government officials and experts behind the MenAfriVac® vaccine will be available to discuss, on 22 February, what is now required to sustain this success, and which countries have already taken steps to start integrating the vaccine into their national childhood immunization programs. A recent study found that if no subsequent immunization program was implemented after a large one-off vaccination campaign, countries could expect to see epidemics come roaring back after approximately 15 years.

Members of the media are invited to interview experts, as well as attend sessions of the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP) Closure Conference, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international global health nonprofit PATH. Sessions include a keynote on the project's lifeline and highlights, the development of the vaccine, and its introduction.

WHAT:Media Availability, Expert Sessions and Lunch


Steve Davis, President and CEO, PATH
Dr. Marc LaForce, former leader of the Meningitis Vaccine Project
Dr. Marie-Pierre Preziosi, Medical Officer at the World Health Organization and former leader of the Meningitis Vaccine Project
Other experts TBA

WHEN:Monday, 22 February, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Reporters invited to attend conference opening session
12:30 - 1:30 PM: Lunch

Experts available for interviews by request throughout the day

WHERE:Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Burness Communications


  1. Victor Guevara Victor Guevara Tanzania says:

    It has ben a great achievement from these countries but vaccine should be continued to avoid after several years epidemic to recur. African meningitis belt is a meaning of suffering, in addition to Malaria, sickle cell anemia and other diseases, therefore this will be a good investment for the 21 countries that compose this Meningitis belt

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