Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory of Antananarivo (Madagascar)

The Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory of Antananarivo (Madagascar) enables the leprosy diagnosis and the HIV viral load testing, of which the prevalence is important in the country.





April 14, 2011


242 m2

Research topics

Bacterial meningitis - Chromomycose & sporotrichose - Leprosy - Multi-resistant bacteria - Papillomavirus

The Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory of Antananarivo (Madagascar), which is part of the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease and is a member of the GABRIEL laboratory network, is a BSL2+ molecular biology laboratory located on the campus of Antananarivo University and affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine.

Prof. Luc-Hervé Samison, Director Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease of Madagascar and Dean of the School of Medicine of Antananarivo, Madagascar

This laboratory is dedicated to research in the field of infectious diseases (respiratory diseases, parasitic diseases, fevers, etc.) and to training medical and science students.

Diagnostic activities, particularly for leprosy and HIV

In 2016, the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease was recognized as a national benchmark laboratory for leprosy, allowing the laboratory to bolster its capacities in terms of leprosy diagnosis. In Madagascar, this condition remains a major public health issue, in spite of the existence of a national anti-leprosy program.

The Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory also received training to use the HIV viral load technique, as somewhere between 0.5 to 1% of the overall population is infected with HIV. Roughly 60,000 individuals suffer from HIV in the country, half of whom urgently need antiretroviral therapy.

Facilities that meet standards in terms of quality and researcher training

The Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory includes two BSL2+ containment rooms used for nucleic acid extraction and a room dedicated to polymerase chain-reaction DNA [deoxyribonucleic acid] amplification. The laboratory was designed to meet the specifications of the ISO 14644 standard, parts 1 and 4 (“Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled Environments”).

Quality inspections are performed at the laboratory to ensure the accuracy of testing.

The laboratory is part of the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease, which can take on graduate students from the Faculty of Science and Medicine. It also hosts continuing education courses for biologists and laboratory technicians working in Antananarivo or other regions. The laboratory’s scientists also receive quality-oriented and other training courses in partnership with Mérieux University.


  • Ministry of Health of Madagascar
  • University of Antananarivo
  • General Directorate of Hospitals