Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Fondation Mérieux in Madagascar

In brief

  • First Fondation Mérieux mission in 2006

  • Fondation Mérieux office: 1 expatriate and 1 Malagasy employee

  • Construction of the Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center within the University of Antananarivo in 2010, with a Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory (with the support of Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux), GABRIEL network member since 2010

Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory research focus

  • Leprosy

  • Neglected tropical diseases

  • Diarrheal diseases

  • Meningitis

Support to clinical biology laboratories

  • Renovation of 7 laboratories since 2007:

    • Sambava laboratory (2015)

    • Mahajanga Hospital bacteriology laboratory* (2014)

    • Tsaralalana Mothers & Children’s University Hospital laboratory (2014)

    • Tsiroanomandidy Hospital Center laboratory (2014)

    • Fianarantsoa University Hospital laboratory (2011)

    • Fort Dauphin Regional Hospital Center laboratory (2010)

    • Antsirabe Regional Hospital Center laboratory (2007)

  • Technical support for the establishment of a network of public hospital laboratories (RESOILAB)*

  • Deployment of a Laboratory Information Management System and training in 9 laboratories

Current research projects

  • 2 surveillance programs on diarrhea in children: study of the prevalence of bacteria involved in food poisoning (to improve food safety in livestock farming) and study on rotavirus (to guide local decision-makers on implementing a vaccine)

  • Research project for early screening of leprosy and surveillance of resistance to leprosy treatment

  • Surveillance of pediatric bacterial meningitis at the Tsaralalana Mothers & Children’s University Hospital laboratory

  • Diagnosis of human cysticercosis: implementation of a screening test in a regional laboratory in an endemic area

  • Epidemiological study of 2 endemic tropical mycoses (chromomycosis and sporotrichosis) to facilitate access to treatment, identify pathogenic fungi and prevent contamination

  • Launch of a study on prevalence and risk factors for cryptococcosis in patients infected with HIV

GABRIEL network multi-center studies:

  • Epidemiological study to identify the pathogens responsible for severe pneumonia in children under 5 years of age

  • Development of diagnostic tools for pneumonia: Streptococcus pneumoniae strain typing

  • Young Researchers’ Prize: Tahinamandranto Rasamoelina received the award for the best scientific presentations selected by the Research Committee at the 7th GABRIEL network meeting

Training and knowledge-sharing

  • Support to the pharmaceutical studies program: training to strengthen the capacity of hospital pharmacies

  • Training on health education for the most vulnerable families, in partnership with school medical services and child protection associations

Support to local initiatives

  • Support of the local association Akamasoa (purchase and delivery of medicine to dispensaries, renovation of the shelter*)

  • Support for a health insurance plan in Antsirabe with the Vahatra association

*With support from Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux

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