Fondation Mérieux uses its expertise to reinforce the biology potential of developing countries. The set up of an international network of laboratories, the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories are at the heart of its action.
Set up with the support of Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, these laboratories comply with the most stringent international standards and have an epidemiological monitoring, research and training role.
The aim is to set up reference centres for infectious diseases in partnership with local players that can meet their healthcare needs by means of suitable resources.
Located at the heart of infected areas in developing countries, the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories are devised to respond to local infectious priorities by developing clinical studies or molecular and medical biology research. They are generally devoted to applied biological research in the field of infectious diseases affecting developing countries.
These laboratories are intended to become references in their region. In its role of developing local capacity, it supports health workers in the countries concerned, so that they become familiarized with the laboratories and are able to run them with complete independence. The training actions set up by Fondation Mérieux play a crucial role in this.
In 2011, the Foundation continued the actions initiated in Madagascar, Cambodia, Laos, Haiti, Mali and Lebanon, and started a new project in Tajikistan, with support from the Global Fund and the UNDP, which will increase the number of Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories to 7, in 2013.