The Charles or Christophe Mérieux Centers for Infectious Disease each contain a Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory that is part of the GABRIEL network, a training center, and a documentation center on infectious diseases.
With the support of Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, we build these centers and then transfer management and ownership to our local partners.
Cutting-edge local infrastructure
The four Charles or Christophe Mérieux Centers for Infectious Disease, located in Mali, Laos, Madagascar, and Brazil, serve as operational intermediaries that facilitate knowledge transfer by adapting it to different local and regional realities.
They are all designed, managed, and overseen through close collaborations with public authorities and hospital or university centers in the host countries.
Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Mali
Created in 2005, in partnership with the Mali Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Bamako develops the skills of health professionals in Mali and neighboring countries (biologists, laboratory technicians, doctors, etc.).
Over time, this center has become one of the region’s leading scientific platforms, hosting an increasing number of experts and partners as part of knowledge sharing initiatives.
The Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Bamako offers a number of activities including:
- Training in Nutrition, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, in partnership with Bioforce
- Short and intensive training to deepen theoretical and practical knowledge of certain key subjects (HIV biology, biosafety and waste management, etc.)
- Training through mentorships that allow technicians to work with experienced biologists
- Local and regional conferences (workshops for the RESAOLAB network of laboratories, regional conferences organized by the Mérieux Foundation, subject-specific meetings, etc.)
The Center of Infectiology Lao Christophe Mérieux
The Center of Infectiology Lao Christophe Mérieux was established in 2009 in the University of Health Sciences in Vientiane as a place for scientific exchanges and knowledge sharing. It is integrated into the Lao public health infrastructure and administered by the Ministry of Health.
Each year, the Center organizes several conferences and hosts scientific committee meetings or workshops on topics relating to medical advances and public health. The Center’s experts have designed a cycle of infectious disease workshops that bring together clinicians, researchers, and health professionals from the Mekong region and Europe. Workshops are held once or twice a year at the Infectiology Center in Vientiane, and cover the surveillance and treatment of endemic diseases in Laos, such as HIV/AIDS (in collaboration with the Lao National HIV/AIDS program), hepatitis infections, tuberculosis, etc.
The Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Madagascar
Established in 2010, the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Madagascar is hosted by the University of Antananarivo and trains health professionals in the fields of research and clinical trials. It is run through a partnership between the University, the Madagascan Ministry of Health, and the Mérieux Foundation.
It holds a number of training modules and seminars in fields such as molecular biology, bacteriology, virology, and parasitology, which are key fields of expertise for the Center’s scientists. It provides researchers and students with resources and a space for exchanges, as well as a technical platform that makes it possible to establish top-notch scientific partnerships.
The Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Brazil
The Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Brazil opened its doors in 2016 in the Fundhacre Hospital in Rio Branco, the capital of Acre State in the western Brazilian Amazon. The Center was built through a partnership between Acre State, the Hospital in Rio Branco, the non-profit organization SOS Amazonia, the University of Salvador de Bahia, and the Mérieux Foundation.
Its primary mission is to fight against viral hepatitis infections (which affect thousands of patients in the Amazon region) by training personnel and supporting fundamental and clinical research in the region.