Guinea

We have been working in Guinea since 2013 and were particularly involved in the fight against the Ebola virus disease epidemic. Today, we work alongside the Ministry of Health to rebuild the medical biology sector to increase its capacity to respond to future disease outbreaks.

Overview

  • First Mérieux Foundation mission in 2010
  • Mérieux Foundation office: 3 expatriates and 12 Guinean employees
  • RESAOLAB network member since 2013

Situation

RESAOLAB program actions

Guinea is one of the 7 country members of the RESAOLAB network of West African laboratories created by the Mérieux Foundation and the ministries of health of participating countries. As part of this network, Guinea participates annually in training, laboratory supervision, quality assurance and external quality assessment. Training sessions by RESAOLAB trainers are organized at the Institute of Professional Development in Health (IPPS).

Guinea is also one of the countries which has received scholarships for the BAMS course (Bachelor in Applied Medical Biology) held in Mali.

Access to diagnosis

For the laboratory of the Coronthie Women and Children’s Health Center in Conakry, we oversaw the construction, equipped the laboratory and trained its staff. We continue to provide support to the laboratory.

As part of the LAB-NET project, which aims to improve the monitoring of hemorrhagic fevers in Guinea, we are working with the health authorities to make an inventory of the country’s laboratories. More than a hundred assessments have been carried out by teams of national and international experts, producing a mapping of available capabilities, which will form the basis of an improvement plan. Funded by Expertise France, LAB-NET is run by the Mérieux Foundation with the Pasteur Institute and the Guinean Health Ministry.

In parallel to this, the LABOGUI project began in 2016. Its aim is to support the implementation of a national clinical diagnostics policy in three areas: improving the institutional framework, strengthening the 30 hospital laboratories in the region and increasing the professional level of practices.

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