Message from the President
Acting in perfect harmony, Fondation Mérieux and Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux combine forces to combat infectious diseases in developing countries.
Through our foundations, we wish to be present in regions where infectious diseases are rife, to provide practical and sustainable solutions devised in partnership with all those involved in healthcare in these countries.
In this way, we have in recent years made progress in West Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. We have created the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories, clinical biology laboratories of excellence, around which we have put in place or strengthened medical analysis structures in isolated regions. We have also established a network of biology laboratories. With the help of our colleagues in higher education, we have trained many men and women to enable them to become healthcare decisionmakers in their own countries.
This initiative is illustrated by the RESAOLAB project in West Africa, initiated in 2009, which is going from strength to strength. The project was made possible by co-funding from the Agence Française de Développement. It aims to combat the main pandemic diseases, such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal by reinforcing their clinical biology capabilities. Three years after its launch, we are proud of the progress made so far, particularly in the deployment of important training programmes, laboratory equipment, epidemiology monitoring programmes and the creation of a highly active network that can be extended to other African countries.
Our aim is to enable the countries in which we are involved to become independent in terms of meeting their own public health needs. This is why, within the context of long-term assistance, we have chosen to transfer ownership of the infrastructures that we create. We are committed to taking a long-term view, and the recent upheavals encountered by a number of countries have confirmed that this is indeed the right approach. Come what may, Fondation Mérieux’s dedication will endure both in good times and in bad, and we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners - as we do today in Mali - to provide them with all the support that we can.
Step by step, we are making progress. We face huge challenges in order to respond to the considerable needs of developing countries in so many fields, including infectiology, environmental safety, access to safe water, nutrition and education. On a small scale, but with great determination, we carry out our work in the field. Compared with the scale of the task, our resources are of course limited. As with Sanofi Pasteur since the beginning, we are actively seeking to establish new scientific and financial partnerships with international organizations, research centres, other foundations and the industrial sector with a view to augmenting our resources and increasing the effectiveness of our activities. We have very recently established a Fondation Mérieux base in the USA, with the specific aim of seeking new partnerships.
In order to respond to the critical needs of men, women and children living in precarious conditions and facing the ever-present threat of infection, it is essential that we initiate and pursue new forms of cooperation that transcend geographical, scientific and cultural boundaries.
Alain Mérieux (President)