Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

WHO/IVB/06.06

Report of the informal consultation on meningococcal carriage studies in Africa. Switzerland, Geneva, 23 September 2005

The focus of the consultation was to review current knowledge on meningococcal carriage, to provide specific recommendations on scope of work for future meningococcal carriage studies in Africa surrounding meningococcal A conjugate vaccine introduction, and to suggest ways to take this initiative forward and potential funding sources. Participants emphasized the importance of designing a main research protocol common to several sites across the African meningitis belt with the major focus of facilitating future vaccine introduction and strengthening capacity in about five partner sites.

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