Fondation Mérieux was created in 1967 by Dr Charles Mérieux and granted charity status by the French Government in 1976. The initial endowment has been followed by regular donations from the Mérieux family.
To contribute to global health by strengthening local capacities of developing countries to reduce the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable populations.
Developing countries worldwide with a current (2009) focus on South East Asia, Africa, India, China, South America and Madagascar.
Its action is based around four main priorities:
•Clinical biology laboratories
•Collaborative research programmes
•Training and exchange of knowledge
•Support to local initiatives
Clinical biology laboratories
Using its expertise, Fondation Mérieux reinforces biological capacities in developing countries. An international network of biological laboratories, the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories, are at the heart of its work. These laboratories, in line with the strictest of international standards, play a role in epidemiological surveillance as well as research and training. To complete its action, the Foundation also renovates and equips laboratories specializing in medical analysis throughout developing countries.
Collaborative research programmes
To improve detection and identification of emerging infectious diseases, to implement the use of diagnostic tools to facilitate better epidemiologic monitoring worldwide and to initiate high level research in developing countries, are the objectives pursued by the Foundation in its programmes of applied research.
Training and exchange of knowledge
To successfully achieve its mission of capacity reinforcement in developing countries, Fondation Mérieux has put in place a series of training programmes for health officials (conferences and seminars).This action goes hand in hand with its historic ambition of spreading information and scientific innovation worldwide.
Support to local initiatives
By taking actions such as helping set up micro-credit programs or even help with accessing care, Fondation Mérieux wants to provide sustainable improvement to the quality of life of populations in developing countries, in particular, women and children affected by infectious diseases.