Blood testing to enhance case ascertainment during meningococcal meningitis outbreaks in the African meningitis belt (BloTIMA)

Principal Investigator: Brenda Kwambana-Adams
Institution: University College London
Co-Investigators: Priscilla Ibekwe (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control/NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu (NCDC), Martin Antonio (World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for New Vaccines Surveillance/ WHOCC NVS), Robert Heyderman (UCL)


This pilot study sets out to specifically determine the prevalence of meningococcal blood infections and determine the utility of blood testing to improve meningitis case ascertainment. The results of this study will form the case for support for large scale implementation studies to provide a more precise estimate of the scale of meningitis epidemics, to improve routine meningitis surveillance in sub-Saharan Africa and to investigate whether this approach enable more rapid confirmation of meningitis outbreak emergencies.