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➔ Meningitis is growing worldwide and claims around 350,000 lives a year

➔ Humidity levels, wind, and dust are linked to outbreaks of the disease, factors actively influenced by climate change

➔ A “meningitis belt” stretches across northern Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia, sharing dusty and dry conditions, favouring meningitis

➔ Vaccines exist, but hundreds of millions of people living in risk areas around the world create a serious challenge for mass immunization

➔ Broader vulnerability measures, such as health education campaigns and improved sanitation will also be crucial