• Time is (still) of the essence: quantifying the impact of emergency meningitis vaccination response in Katsina State, Nigeria.

      Ferrari, M J; Fermon, F; Nackers, F; Llosa, A; Magone, C; Grais, RF (Oxford University Press, 2014-09-05)
      In 2009, a large meningitis A epidemic affected a broad region of northern Nigeria and southern Niger, resulting in more than 75 000 cases and 4000 deaths. In collaboration with state and federal agencies, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) intervened with a large-scale vaccination campaign using polysaccharide vaccine. Here the authors analyze the impact (cases averted) of the vaccination response as a function of the timing and coverage achieved.