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2012 in review: key health issues

A young boy is vaccinated in the market, Lawra District, Uppern Western Region, Ghana
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100 millionth person receives lifesaving meningitis vaccine

On 3 December, a revolutionary and affordable meningitis vaccine, MenAfriVac®, reached the 100 millionth person in a region of Africa that has been plagued by deadly epidemics for more than a century. MenAfriVac® vaccine was first launched in Burkina Faso. Since then, nine other countries have held vaccination campaigns to protect people from ages 1 to 29 against meningitis A. The vaccine has already significantly reduced the burden of meningitis in the regions where it has been introduced.

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