The World Health Organisation and three other international public health organisations have warned that Africa is at risk of a large meningitis outbreak if production of vaccines are not scaled up.
In a statement by the WHO, the organisations warned that an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatened to severely limit the world’s ability to minimise the number of people with the disease.
The other three organisations include the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Médecins sans Frontières, and the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The four bodies constitute the International Coordinating Group for Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis Control.
WHO described Meningococcal meningitis as a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious infection of the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
It can cause severe brain damage with fatality in 50 per cent of cases if untreated.