Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Funding received from ACP for strengthening the scientific and technical capacities of laboratories in developing countries

16 November 2009, Lyon (France)

Fondation Mérieux has received a funding of one million Euros over 3 years from ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) to 'Strengthen the scientific and technical capacities of laboratories in developing countries'.

Funding received from ACP for strengthening the scientific and technical capacities of laboratories in developing countries

This project involves five partners: the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory of the University of Antananarivo (Madagascar), the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory of the Charles Mérieux Centre of Infectology in Bamako (Mali), the GHESKIO Centers in Port au Prince (Haiti), the Centre of Biotechnology at the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Fondation Mérieux (France).

The ACP Science and Technology Programme is a collaboration between ACP and the European Union, the European Union providing financial support for this scientific and technological based project.

The programme will contribute to the accomplishment of the first, seventh and eighth objectives of the Millennium Development. It aims to eradicate poverty, to develop and to strengthen the scientific capacities and to support research, development and innovation in the ACP regions, as well as to allow the expansion of activities or policies which are essential for long term development.

The program aims to achieve the following five results:

  • The creation of consolidated networks with international partners;

  • The improvement of capacities regarding the evaluation of research needs;

  • The improvement of capabilities and incentives, with the aim to attract research partners to expand and to submit project propositions to obtain financing;

  • The improvement of the use and the distribution of research results;

  • The improvement in the quality of research results.

Thus, the finance received will allow the development of a network between the different countries involved, the promotion and coordination of research at a national and local level and the improvement of the scientific community capabilities (research methodology, quality assurance, the smooth running of research projects and communication).

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