The world is undergoing profound changes, leading to crises, which multiply in all regions. Whether political, security-related, demographic, economic and climatic in nature, all crises contribute to worsening the health conditions of affected populations, creating an ideal breeding ground of development and spread for epidemics. Low-income countries are the hardest-hit by these increasingly complex contexts, with mothers and children at the forefront.
This is why the Mérieux Foundation, an independent foundation with public interest status, has been fighting infectious diseases affecting vulnerable populations in resource-limited countries since its creation in 1967.
Operating directly in more than 25 countries, it is committed to strengthening local capacities, particularly in clinical biology, in order to improve access to care, surveillance and response to epidemics.
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.
It is particularly involved in the public health issues that have the greatest impact in the countries where it operates, such as antimicrobial resistance, tuberculosis, acute respiratory infections, HIV, and emerging pathogens.
Committed to a global health approach, the Mérieux Foundation goes beyond its expertise in biology to include the main and most impactful issues that influence the well-being of the populations in the countries where it operates.
The foundation works in particular with the support of the 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
- 159 employees in 15 countries
- An annual budget of over 27 million euros
- More than 100 ongoing projects in development or support
- 17 laboratories of excellence built or under construction, and transferred to local partners, including 12 Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories since 2004
- More than 70 laboratories renovated since 2005
- 16 scientific conferences and workshops organized worldwide
- 4 advanced courses for public health experts