Nigeria is currently facing two outbreaks of meningitis and diphtheria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The meningitis outbreak began in October 2022 and has so far resulted in 1,686 suspected cases, with 124 fatalities and a case-fatality rate of 7% 

The WHO has noted that northern Nigeria is part of Africa’s meningitis belt, and several bacteria can cause the disease, but N. meningitidis is most likely to fuel large outbreaks 

It took one week for the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on vaccine provision to approve requests for vaccines from Nigeria, and it took an average of two weeks for approximately 41% of requested vaccines to arrive.