Linda Glennie, Director of Research, describing the advances, said: “Importantly, the tracker
now includes data on cases, deaths, incidence and mortality for all age groups, for meningitis, neonatal sepsis, and specific estimates for three leading types of meningitis. Global and country-level vaccination
against these three types of meningitis is also now shown.”
This enhanced tracker also demonstrates the impressive progress there has been to eliminate MenA (meningococcal group A) epidemics in Africa, as well as real surveillance data from the African meningitis belt. While this element is being developed further, it currently features animations and visualisations which depict seasonal changes and evolving outbreaks in the Meningitis Belt
Another powerful addition, is a prototype country profiles page designed to empower countries to monitor their progress against the Roadmap through interacting with the data to create tailored visualisations.
This latest advance brings many benefits, but over the coming year, the tracker will be further developed, to add more real surveillance data from around the world, and new indicators of progress for diagnosis, treatment and after care for meningitis. Future plans also include the addition of Group B Streptococcus (GBS)
– an important cause of meningitis and sepsis in newborn babies.