A meningitis epidemic has beeng spreading across Niger since January, affecting 5,273 people and killing 352. MSF is working in collaboration with Niger’s Ministry of Health to provide almost 430 beds and free medical care for patients.
Nearly 400,000 children and young adults were vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis in the areas of Zinder, Maradi, and Madaoua when MSF supported the ministry of health during a vaccination campaign that ran from April 13 to 25.
During the last four months, MSF teams in cooperation with the national health officials have been moving quickly, following the epidemic trend, to help treat tens of thousands of patients and to proceed swiftly on a massive vaccination campaign for 7.5 million people.
This year’s meningitis outbreak in northern Nigeria has already led to the deaths of over 1,500 people. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in cooperation with the Nigerian Ministry of Health, is carrying out a mass vaccination campaign as well as undertaking the very important task of treating the patients who are suffering from the disease.