Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Fondation Mérieux in Mali

In brief

  • First Fondation Mérieux mission in 2004

  • Fondation Mérieux office: 1 expatriate and 3 Malian employees

  • Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center and Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory in Bamako (2005)

  • One GABRIEL network member: Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center

Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory research focus

  • Tuberculosis

  • Hepatitis B

  • Respiratory infections

RESAOLAB member: since 2009

Support to clinical biology laboratories

  • Development of specialized testing activities and biological follow-up on viral hepatitis

  • Mobile laboratory
    A mobile laboratory is installed at the Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center and can be deployed at any time in the field in support of the Malian health system to respond to the Ebola virus epidemic or other highly infectious diseases.

    Financed within the German Partnership Program for Excellence in Biological and Health Security of the Federal Ministry of Health, this mobile laboratory has been implemented by the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, GIZ and Fondation Mérieux, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene of Mali and the Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center.

  • LABOMEDCAMP: support to laboratories in community health centers in Mali
    This project aims to contribute to a better diagnosis of infectious diseases in front-line health centers in Mali.

RESAOLAB program achievements

  • Renovation and equipment for training sites and laboratories in 2010 in the cities of Kayes, Mopti and Sikasso

RESAOLAB program actions

  • Training for laboratory personnel (epidemic-prone diseases and quality assurance)

  • Organization of laboratories’ supervision sessions

  • Regional harmonization workshops aimed at network members: quality management and initial and continuing training for laboratory personnel

In response to the Ebola virus epidemic:

  • Donation of kits for secure sample collection and transport, training and audits for laboratories concerned by the epidemic

Current research projects

GABRIEL network multi-center studies:

  • Epidemiological study to identify the pathogens responsible for severe pneumonia in children under 5 years of age
    This study aims at identifying the viral and bacterial agents associated with severe pneumonia in hospitalized children under five years of age in order to determine the etiologic distribution and their implication in pneumonia.

  • Quality Initiative
    Mali is one of 4 pilot sites for an initiative designed to help GABRIEL member laboratories meet the requirements for international ISO 15189 accreditation.

Training and knowledge sharing

  • BAMS training (Bachelor of Science in Biological and Applied Medical Sciences)
    BAMS enables healthcare professionals to strengthen both their skills and theoretical knowledge. Classes during the 8-month course are provided by experts in clinical biology (cellular and molecular biology, immunology, parasitology, bacteriology, epidemiology, virology, and hematology). The course participants deepen their understanding of good laboratory practices, quality control, biosecurity and the logistics of managing a laboratory.

Support to local initiatives

  • Partnership with Samusocial Mali*
    Samusocial provides assistance to children living in the streets of Bamako

  • Support to the NGO Djantoli for maternal and child health surveillance and care in Mali*

*With the support of Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux

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