HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco traveled to Haiti for the inauguration, 15th February, of the Prince Albert II of Monaco School, in the GHESKIO Centre in Port-au-Prince where the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory is also located. Alain Mérieux, President of Fondation Mérieux, Dr. Jean-William Pape, founder and Director of the GHESKIO Centres, Dr. Marie M.H. Deschamps, Secretary General of the GHESKIO Centres and Benoît Miribel, Director General of Fondation Mérieux participated in the inauguration.
The school was made possible through funding by Monaco Collectif Haïti, a project initiated by HSH Prince Albert II in response to the earthquake that struck the country in 2010. It opened its doors for the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year and has 160 students from the nearby shantytown, ’City of God’. The school should ultimately have 290 children attending classes.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco also visited the Rodolphe Merieux Laboratory. 70 Haitians ensure the diagnosis of tuberculosis and cholera for the entire country in the laboratory that receives 30,000 new patients each year.
A forerunner in research and fighting HIV/AIDS, there are 26 GHESKIO healthcare centres in Haiti. These infrastructures, inaugurated in February 2009, enable better care for the Haitian population, particularly hard hit by infectious pathogens. It offers a wide range of services, including the care of patients with tuberculosis, AIDS and other infectious diseases.
The Princely Government and Fondation Mérieux initiated a three-year partnership in 2011 to improve the diagnosis and care of patients in Mali and Madagascar.