The foundations work in close cooperation in around 30 countries. A number of projects to benefit the most vulnerable communities have been carried out thanks to support from bioMérieux.
Renewed focus on maternal and infant health
Taking a global health approach, the Foundations actively support programs to protect the most vulnerable groups, especially mothers and children. In addition to working to build local biological capacity, they focus on food and water safety, nutrition, housing, education and socio-economic concerns . They continued initiatives in 2017 in countries where laboratories have been set up as well as countries affected by humanitarian crises.
In Iraqi Kurdistan
- Enlargement of the Pauline Jaricot Medical Center in Erbil.
- Building of a medical-social center for women and children of the Yazidi religion, whose members have been massacred by ISIS.
- Reconstruction project of the primary school in Qaraqosh that was destroyed by ISIS.
- Support to children’s homes that provide a home and support for orphans and disadvantaged children.
- Support to the Association for Cooperation with Micro Enterprise, which provide access to microcredit for women living with HIV/AIDS.
The Foundations support several medical-social centers and associations by covering costs for hospitalization and medical exams and buying medicines.
Rodolphe Mérieux laboratories
A new laboratory in Tunisia
Construction of the new Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory of Tunis. It will be the first BSL-3 containment laboratory in Tunisia and one of the only such labs in Africa. The new lab joins the network of Rodolphe Mérieux laboratories in Mali, Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, Haiti, Madagascar, Lebanon and Brazil.
Renovations in Cambodia
Extensive renovations were undertaken in 2017 at the Rodolphe Mérieux laboratory, built in 2005 at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) in Cambodia. And lab’s technical capacities were also improved.
The 2017 Christophe Mérieux prize was awarded to Serge Eholié and Xavier Anglaret of the Center for Research on Infectious Diseases and Associated Pathologies in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Together they direct a top-level team of Ivorian and French scientists who conduct research on infectious diseases and train young scientists in medical research. Since the prize was established in 2007 by the Fondation Christophe and Rodolphe Mérieux, it has been awarded to 12 scientists who contribute at the grass-roots level to the fight against diseases affecting their countries. Prizewinners received €500,000.