Data managers and surveillance officers may use these documents: editable guide, case report form and data dictionary of MenAfriNet reduced variable list which align with DHIS2 meningitis tracker module. These documents can be downloaded and adapted to country needs.
Assessors can use this checklist as a guide to conduct a laboratory supervisory visit to improve laboratory quality and provide technical support.
Assessors can use this tool to conduct an initial laboratory assessment of overall laboratory capacity for detection of bacterial meningitis pathogens.
Laboratories can use this testing algorithm for the identification and characterization of the three predominant causative agents of bacterial meningitis.
Laboratorians can use this guidance document to assist with ordering, transportation and handling of T-I media.
Laboratorians can use this testing scheme as a guide to test for bacterial meningitis pathogens.
Public health authorities can use this standardized guidance to investigate reports of serogroup A meningococcal disease in countries that have introduced meningococcal A conjugate vaccine.
Data managers and surveillance officers may use this document as a guide to validate national case-based meningitis datasets and tailor the checklist to meet each country's individual needs.
Additional Laboratory Toolkit Resources
The Regional Laboratory Quality Training coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) was a six-day virtual training held in September 2021. All links for each day of training are available.
This course conducted in collaboration with CDC and APHL consists of four modules that focus on the preliminary identification of bacterial meningitis pathogens.
This PCR video was produced in 2021 by CDC Bacterial Meningitis Laboratory (BML) and Firstline and distributed as readily available training materials for the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.