Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Fondation Mérieux in Senegal

In brief

  • First Fondation Mérieux mission in 2009

  • Fondation Mérieux office and central management of RESAOLAB programme : 1 expatriate and 1 Senegalese employee

  • RESAOLAB network member since 2009

Support to clinical biology laboratories

RESAOLAB Program Actions

  • Support for the creation of a National Laboratories Directorate (2013)

  • Support for the building of the National Laboratory of Public Health of Senegal

  • Renovation of training centers in Thies, Kaolack, Kolda and Saint-Louis

  • Laboratories audited according to the SLIPTA grid (Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation) proposed by WHO

  • Support for the implementation of the external quality assessment

  • Support for the implementation of the supervision sessions for laboratories

  • Continuing training sessions of laboratory personnel on RESAOLAB modules

In response to the Ebola virus epidemic

  • Training sessions on Ebola virus disease with health professionals

  • Donation of kits for secure sample collection and transport

Support to clinical biology laboratories

  • I-LAB Project: development of a tool for automating epidemiological data collection of laboratories
    This WAHO*-approved system collects data automatically for instant, guaranteed transmission of information. Accessible through the web and smartphone, it operates on a DHIS2 open source platform. The project was developed in partnership with the NGO PATH and the Skoll Foundation.

  • SOCIALAB Program: Identify and understand the social, cultural, historic and political barriers that affect medical biology services and impact the quality of prenatal care.

Support to local initiatives

  • Partnership with Samusocial Senegal**
    Samusocial provides assistance to children living in the streets of Dakar.

* WAHO: West African Health Organisation
**With the support of Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux

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