The 4th Charles Mérieux Conference was held at the Charles Mérieux Infectiology Centre in Vientiane, 14-15 March, as part of the 25th Jacques Cartier Meetings. Organised in partnership with the Francophone Institute of Tropical Medicine (IFMT), the Francophone University Agency (AUF) and Fondation Mérieux, the conference focused on the theme ’Cancer and Infectious Disease Pathogens in the Mekong Basin: What are the Best Strategies for Intervention and Training?’
Prof. Bounkong Syhavong, Deputy Minister, Health Ministry of Laos, opened the conference with Mr. Alain Bideau, Director of the Jacques Cartier Centre, Dr. Phimpha Paboriboune, Scientific Director of the Christophe Mérieux Centre for Infectiology and Prof. Dominique Peyramond, head of the Infectious Disease Department at the Croix-Rousse Hospital (Lyon, France). They conference’s central themes were: What are the most challenging cancers for public health in the Mekong basin? What needs to be developed in terms of training, prevention, patient care and treatment?
Some 20 international experts from Asia, Africa, North America and Europe shared their experience with healthcare professionals during the two days. They discussed the initiatives that have been implemented in different countries and examined infectious diseases by pathology (hepatitis, patients with HIV, cervical cancer,…) and by type of approach: vaccines or genetics.
An overview of the recommendations for training and effective actions to be implemented is in preparation.