Training Workshop to Enhance Cerebrospinal Meningitis Surveillance and Outbreak Response in Northern Nigeria

22 Apr 2021

12th – 15th  April 2021 ABUJA, NIGERIA

The purpose of this workshop was to train clinical, laboratory and disease surveillance teams on the protocols and procedures of the Blood Testing To Enhance Meningitis Case Ascertainment in the African Meningitis Belt (BloTIMA) Study. The training also provided training on a formal coordinated approaches to strengthening bacterial meningitis surveillance and improve outbreak preparedness in the North Western and North Central Regions of Nigeria which have a high burden of disease. The 4-day training brought together 27 participants from five North Western and Central states in Nigeria, Niger, Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto. The participants are the focal person’s for the BloTIMA study. 

This workshop was organised by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the MPRU in partnership with the WHO Collaborating Center for New Vaccines Surveillance at MRCG@LSHTM and WHO. Partners from Mologic, a UK biotechnology company developing rapid diagnostic kits also contributed to the training. 

The training was funded through the NIHR MPRU, the UCL GCRF Small Grants, the UCL Public Engagement Fund and the NCDC.