𝐄𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐊𝐞𝐧𝐲𝐚 𝐀𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐌𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐬: 𝐀 𝐕𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐈𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞
NAKURU, Kenya - 18th September 2023 - Meningitis remains a persistent global healthcare challenge, with its highest prevalence in Africa over the past two decades. In response to this pressing issue, the Ministry of Health's Disease Surveillance and Response Unit is in the process of developing a comprehensive Meningitis Elimination Plan, with WHO at the forefront of this effort.
The primary objective is to eliminate bacterial meningitis epidemics, reduce preventable cases and fatalities, and strengthen the resilience of healthcare systems across the country.
This framework is designed to achieve several critical objectives, including improving access to advanced vaccines, advocating for proactive meningitis prevention, reducing mortality rates, introducing cost-effective vaccines, promoting effective communication and community engagement, and enhancing the quality of treatment and laboratory services.
A central element of this initiative is to empower individual countries to take ownership of their efforts in the fight against meningitis.