Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center in Brazil
In April 2016, the new Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center was inaugurated in Rio Branco. It marks an important milestone in the fight against viral hepatitis, a major public health problem in the Amazon. The 400 sqm facility includes a Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory, the only high biosafety level laboratory (BSL3) in the Amazon region. This center will make it possible to set up training programs in human resources and to develop basic and clinical research in this region. The Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory in Brazil joins a network of seven other Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories on three continents (in Mali, Cambodia, Laos, Haiti, Madagascar, Lebanon and Bangladesh).
Experts meeting in Laos
The 8th international meeting of the GABRIEL network (Global Approach to Biological Research, Infectious diseases and Epidemics in Low-income countries) was held in July 2016 in Vientiane. The network brings together 18 public and private research centers, including the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories. During the meeting, a symposium day open to the scientific community was organized on the topic of “bacterial resistance surveillance and public health interventions.” Among the speakers were experts working in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.
The Christophe Mérieux prize awarded to a Congolese scientist
The 2016 Christophe Mérieux prize (€500,000) was awarded by the Institut de France, on behalf of the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, to Professor Francine Ntoumi of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Brazzaville (Congo), to encourage her work on infectious diseases in Central Africa. The Foundation supports research in developing countries with this prize. Since it was first conferred in 2007, it has been awarded to 10 scientists who contribute to the fight against infectious diseases affecting their countries.
Protecting the most vulnerable individuals
In 2016, the Fondations contributed to building a medical center in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan) and to equipping the center and training personnel. This Pauline-Marie Jaricot Mother and Child Center provides comprehensive, quality medical care for displaced persons who face numerous health problems in the camps. Both the Foundation’s partners in this project are institutions from Lyon: Œuvres Pontificales Missionnaires de Lyon and Fondation Saint-Irénée.
In Haiti, the Foundations support the village of Nazareth in Leogane where 60 orphans and children in distress from birth to age six live. It was founded in 2012, in the aftermath of the earthquake, thanks to the support of the Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation. In 2016, the Foundations enabled the introduction of income-generating activities by providing sheds to raise chickens and pigs. In addition, a new home was built and work got under way to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.