Meningococcal Meningitis is transmitted from person to person, so it is advised to avoid congested areas. The bacteria targets the meninges — the thin lining that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord.
Meningitis in Gambia is currently being treated by organizations like the Meningitis Research Foundation, which aims to not only work to eliminate the disease but also to provide access to helpful information for preventative care.
A recent “Men A Vaccine” was developed and employed across sub-Saharan Africa through mass immunization campaigns of everyone between under the age of 30. However, the use of the drug in pregnant women is still unclear. The WHO is currently working with the organization to find a way to provide results-oriented, cost-effective treatment.