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WHO and MSF appeal for funds for new meningitis vaccine

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7418.769-a (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:769
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    The World Health Organization and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have launched an urgent appeal for funds to purchase six million doses of a new cut-price vaccine that would prevent a dangerous new strain of meningitis triggering an epidemic across sub-Saharan Africa early next year.

    Every year the disease—which kills at least 10% of those infected and leaves many more with brain damage, learning difficulties, and deafness—sweeps across the “meningitis belt,” a vast region from Ethiopia to Senegal where 350 million people live.

    Last year when …

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