These two independent family foundations work in close cooperation to combat infectious diseases and to sustainably improve the quality of life and health of vulnerable populations, in particular mothers and children. In 2018, a number of projects to benefit the most vulnerable communities have been carried out thanks to support from bioMérieux.
Helping mothers and children
The Foundations work alongside local partners in countries where laboratories have been set up and countries affected by humanitarian crises. Health, hygiene, education and the development of socio-economic activities are the fields where initiatives are organized to improve living conditions and access to care for the most vulnerable populations, in particular mothers and their children.
Developing access to healthcare for refugee, displaced and disadvantaged populations
Laying the first stone of a mother and child health center to serve vulnerable Lebanese and refugee communities.
Improving access to care for people in isolated areas of Bangladesh :
- Funding and launching laboratory activities at the Shyamnagar Hospital and to provide training for lab personnel ;
- Setting up of a center to provide care for children with disabilities on the island of Maeshkali.
- As part of an equipment donation program, bioMérieux has donated BIOFIRE® FILMARRAY® and mini VIDAS® systems to the Mérieux Foundation to support initiatives that provide aid to the Rohingya refugees.
Support for education and socio-economic development
Initiatives for health education for Malagasy children. Using modern technology, the Foundations are developing interactive health education kits, that give children an active role and stimulating discussion.
Meeting basic needs
Since the construction of the Village of Nazareth in 2012, the Foundations have continued to support this orphanage located in Leogane, home to nearly 70 young girls.
Thanks to the Christophe Mérieux Prize, the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux allows a high-quality local research and helps researchers to work permanently in their countries.
Dr. Patricia Brasil, a researcher and professor of tropical medicine and clinical research at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, received the 2018 prize for her study of pregnant women and neonatal complications following infection with the Zika virus. She created the Febrile Disease Research Clinic at the Evandro Chagas Institute of Clinical Research (IPEC) and focuses her work on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.