- First Mérieux Foundation mission in 2009
- Mérieux Foundation office and main RESAOLAB coordination office: 1 expatriate and 2 Senegalese employees
- RESAOLAB network member since 2009
Senegal is one of the 7 country members of the West African Network of clinical laboratories (RESAOLAB) created by the Mérieux Foundation and the ministries of health of participating countries. As part of this network, it participates annually in training, laboratory supervision, quality assurance and external quality assessment.
Senegal is also one of the countries which has received scholarships for the BAMS course (Bachelor in Applied Medical Biology) held in Mali.
We contributed to the creation of a National Laboratory Directorate in 2013 and the renovation of continuing training centers in Thiès and Kaolack in 2014.
Several initiatives contribute to improving the collecting and processing of diagnostic data in Senegal:
The Mérieux Foundation obtained funding to participate in the activities of the GHSA Senegal (Global Health Security Agenda) in a consortium with the NGO PATH. The objective is to contribute to drawing up the laboratories’ strategic plan and the implementation of activities to enhance the “Biosafety and Biosecurity” and “Resistance to antimicrobial agents” aspects.
In Mali, Peru and Senegal, the Mérieux Foundation and Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux support the work of Samusocial International in the fight against social exclusion and the marginalization of young people in big cities in developing countries. We support education and health programs and provide operational support for mobile assistance, day support facilities (healthcare and psychosocial support activities), as well as emergency shelter.