bioMérieux supports the actions of the Fondation Mérieux, which has public interest status, and the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, which operates under the aegis of the Institut de France. For many years now, bioMérieux has supported these foundations, which aim to fight against infectious diseases in disadvantaged countries by strengthening their clinical biology capabilities.
Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux
In 2013, the Company’s contributions to sponsorship activities amounted to a total of €2.557 million including €1.814 million for the two foundations.
Thanks to the support of its partners, the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux:
- is present in 8 countries: Haiti, Mali, Madagascar, Lebanon, Tajikistan, China, Laos and Cambodia,
- has created 8 reference laboratories, the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories, which are dedicated to training biologists, diagnosing diseases specific to these countries and supporting applied research. A number of clinical laboratories have also been renovated and their personnel have been trained.
- is working on 2 new projects for laboratories in Bangladesh and Brazil,
- has awarded 5 Christophe Mérieux prizes to scientists conducting research locally in the fields of malaria, AIDS and cysticercosis – in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Latin America.
Through the Christophe Mérieux Prize, worth €500,000, the Fondation Christophe and Rodolphe Mérieux encourages research in developing countries. This major scientific prize, conferred for the seventh time in 2013, was awarded to Dr. Valerie Mizrahi, Director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine and professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, to encourage her research on tuberculosis, the leading cause of infectious disease-related
mortality worldwide, particularly in South Africa.
In 2011, bioMérieux designed, equipped and delivered an automated clinical biology laboratory to the Port-au-Prince Hospital, which was completely destroyed by the 2010 earthquake.
This initiative is part of a broader action plan initiated by the Institut Mérieux and its companies in collaboration with the Mérieux Foundations.
Among their achievements:
- rebuilding and expanding the clinical biology laboratory at the GHESKIO* Center, which was damaged during the earthquake. Today 70 Haitians work in the laboratory, which is in charge of diagnosing tuberculosis and cholera for the entire country,
- setting up a training program for laboratory technicians in partnership with the ESTBB (Catholic University of Lyon). The first class of technicians began their courses in 2011,
- increasing significantly the number of microcredit loans to seropositive women receiving care at the GHESKIO Center,
- building wooden homes for children from two orphanages.
In addition, the Christophe Mérieux prize awarded by the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux to Professor Jean William Pape in 2010 enabled him to enlarge the GHESKIO Center in Port-au-Prince. As of 2011, the center’s capacity has grown and it can provide care for more patients.
* GHESKIO: the Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections.