The world is undergoing profound changes, leading to crises, which impact and multiply in all regions. Whether political, demographic, economic or even climatic in nature, all crises contribute to worsening the health conditions of affected populations, creating an ideal breeding ground for epidemics. Here again, developing countries are the hardest-hit, with mothers and children at the forefront.
This is why the Mérieux Foundation, an independent family foundation with public interest status, has been fighting infectious diseases affecting vulnerable populations in developing countries for over 50 years.
Taking a global health approach, the Mérieux Foundation looks beyond medical care to address the health and socio-economic issues that compromise the well-being of populations in countries where it operates.
The foundation works side-by-side with local partners and builds networks to mobilize the skills and energies necessary to implement effective and sustainable actions.
The foundation works closely with Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, an independent family foundation under the aegis of the Institut de France, to sustainably improve the quality of life and health of mothers and children.
The Mérieux Foundation’s action focuses on four main objectives:
- Increasing vulnerable populations’ access to diagnostics by strengthening clinical laboratories in national healthcare systems;
- Enhancing local applied research capabilities by creating Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories transferred to local partners, training researchers and developing collaborative programs;
- Encouraging knowledge-sharing and public health initiatives working with Les Pensières Center for Global Health;
- Improving conditions for mothers and children taking a global health approach.
The Mérieux Foundation’s philosophy of action
- A collaborative dynamic driven by partnerships with local healthcare stakeholders, international organizations, academic research, companies and NGOs
- A long-term vision with sustained support leading to autonomy and local ownership of infrastructures and programs;
- Building networks for international cooperation to share experience and pool skills;
- A global health approach from humans to animals, taking into account healthcare, but also nutrition, environmental safety, education and socio-economic support for patients.
- More than 50 years in the fight against infectious diseases
- 4 areas of intervention
- 25 countries where we work
- 17 laboratories of excellence built or under construction, including 14 Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories since 2004
- More than 70 laboratories renovated since 2005
- A network of 20 applied research units in 16 countries
- More than 30 scientific conferences hybrids or online
- 151 employees in 15 countries
- An annual budget of close to 22 million euros