Supporting Public Health Initiatives

Firm in our belief in the strength of networks, we support global initiatives that offer innovative, constructive solutions to public health challenges.


image-profil« Only the kind of cooperation that comes with a network, between international public and private stakeholders, can make us more responsive and effective in the face of imminent danger. »

Director General of the Mérieux Foundation

Harnessing synergies in expertise

GloPID-R: international collaboration in research to prepare a rapid response to epidemic emergencies

GloPID-R (Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness) is the only initiative in the world that unites the organizations that fund research with the aim of accelerating the response to new or re-emerging epidemics with pandemic potential.

GloPID-R provides a platform where funders and scientists can meet, so that they can work together to identify the best solutions and channel the necessary funds.

The GloPID-R secretariat is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, and coordinated by the Mérieux Foundation and the University of Oxford.

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Initiative against enteric diseases (IDEA-Cholera): uniting stakeholders in the field for a fresh approach

Built upon the expertise of stakeholders in the field, the Initiative against Diarrheal and Enteric diseases in Africa and Asia brings together health professionals involved in the prevention and control of cholera and enteric diseases.

Regional workshops are held in Africa and Asia to formalize the recommendations given to local public health bodies.

Hosted by the Mérieux Foundation and initially funded by Sanofi Pasteur, in 2015 IDEA was incorporated into the WHO’s Global Task Force for Cholera Control.

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ZikaPLAN (Zika Preparedness Latin American Network): a comprehensive approach to the fight against the Zika virus

Following a call for projects as part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, the ZikaPLAN consortium was launched in October 2016 to tackle the Zika virus epidemic with a dual objective:

  • Address the urgent research knowledge gaps to better understand the disease, prevent its spread and engage with the affected populations,
  • Build a sustainable preparedness and response capacity in Latin America for Zika and other emerging infectious diseases

The Mérieux Foundation is one of 25 research and public health organizations (in Latin America, North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe) that are ZikaPLAN members

Our experience in diagnostics supports the innovation and evaluation platform created to develop rapid screening tests. We will contribute to training and design a practical workshop on diagnostic tests. Held in Brazil for trainers from different countries, the workshop will ensure that the new diagnostic tools are used in the field. A companion e-learning module will be offered on the GLOBE portal. We are also in charge of communication and dissemination of the project’s research results.

ZikaPLAN receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 734584.

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Partnership for Dengue Control (PDC): an integrated approach to the elimination of dengue

Hosted by the Mérieux Foundation, PDC was launched in 2013 to help eliminate dengue using an innovative approach based on vaccination and mosquito control. These two complementary strategies are mutually beneficial, and together provide a more effective tool for combating the diseases than when they are used independently. PDC is thus a catalyst for the scientific community in the fight against dengue fever.

PDC is a foundation that brings together international organizations, scientific experts, and public health stakeholders. Its launch was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sanofi Pasteur, Takeda, bioMérieux and Bayer.

It is a member of the Global Dengue and Aedes-transmitted Diseases Consortium (GDAC)

Dengue fever is a vector-borne disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes, with 400 million cases every year in 120 tropical countries

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CORDS (Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance): an international epidemiological monitoring network

CORDS brings regional monitoring networks together, for more effective coordination against infectious disease epidemics. The CORDS network incorporates six regional surveillance networks:

  • In Asia: Asia Partnership on Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (APEIR);
  • In East Africa: East African Integrated Disease Surveillance Network (EAIDSNet);
  • In the Mekong Basin: Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Consortium (MBDS);
  • In the Middle East: Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS);
  • In South-East Africa: South African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS);
  • In South-East Europe: Southeast European Center for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases (SECID).

CORDS receives funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Since October 2016, CORDS has been calling the Mérieux Foundation premises its home, and our Foundation has been providing its support as a member of the Board of Directors alongside the Rockefeller Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

CORDS was behind the launch of a seventh surveillance network, the West African Network for Infectious Disease Surveillance (WANIDS), in partnership with the West African Health Organization (OOAS) and in coordination with the Mérieux Foundation’s RESAOLAB network.

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