Deadline: 2022-08-01
Posted On: 2022-06-18 10:49:04 , By Admin


The Mérieux Foundation, an independent family foundation with public interest status, is committed to fighting, in the field, the infectious diseases that affect developing countries by building capacities, particularly in clinical laboratories.

With its network of laboratories, the foundation’s work is focused on diagnosis, an essential aspect of patient care and an indispensable tool for disease surveillance and control. Taking a global health approach, the foundation also works in the field to help the most vulnerable, with a strong emphasis on mothers and children.

From its very beginning in 1967, the Mérieux Foundation has united public and private sector partners around a common mission. Active today in over twenty countries, the Foundation works to strengthen the skills of healthcare professionals in the field to ensure its programs have a long-lasting impact. It catalyzes local and international initiatives to help the most vulnerable populations gain fairer access to healthcare.

The Mérieux Foundation works closely with Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, an independent family foundation under the aegis of the Institut de France, sharing the same public health goals.

Our 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.


Our work is founded on historic expertise in clinical biology and a comprehensive approach to addressing public health challenges. Our objective: fighting against infectious diseases on the ground in developing countries and improving living conditions for mothers and children.

We focus on four priorities

Increasing vulnerable populations’ access to diagnostics

We are committed to improving the access to diagnostics in developing countries because a rapid and reliable diagnosis and high-quality monitoring are essential steps in patient care. Yet, diagnostics remain the weak link in health systems in developing countries.

We strengthen the clinical laboratory sector in national health systems through a comprehensive approach: we renovate and equip facilities, we provide technical training, we implement new tests and quality, biosecurity and biosafety standards, taking into account laboratory management, cost recovery systems and building networks among the labs.

We always work in partnership with the health authorities to harmonize approaches and to share resources and expertise across regions, countries or sub-regions.

We strengthen the practice of clinical diagnostics and train personnel, both in capital cities and in the surrounding regions as part of a long-term engagement. Our goal is to build the capacities of our local partners to offer quality services to the population, for surveillance and clinical diagnostics and monitoring.

Enhancing local applied research capabilities

To fight the diseases that affect developing countries, we aim to build and increase the quality of applied research capabilities. We train scientists, develop collaborative applied research programs to address local infectious disease challenges.

Our research focuses on four main disease areas: respiratory infections, foodborne (enteric) diseases, emerging diseases, and antimicrobial resistance.

We also build laboratories of excellence in regions prone to infectious disease outbreaks in developing countries: the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories. They meet the most exacting international standards and are transferred to local partners.

Encouraging knowledge-sharing and public health initiatives

Dr. Charles Mérieux strived to make medical and scientific innovation accessible to the greatest number of people. We uphold that tradition and organize high-level scientific symposia and conferences, which disseminate medical advances internationally.

We also offer courses for public health decision-makers from developing countries to strengthen their skills and expertise.

We do this through Les Pensières Center for Global Health, our conference center located near Annecy, less than an hour from Geneva, which offers a unique environment for work and discussion.

In parallel, we support global innovative public health initiatives. These collaborations between international public and private stakeholders can make us more responsive and effective in the midst of a health crisis.

Improving conditions for mothers and children

Epidemic risks have never been higher in a world affected by wars and climate change, which favor the spread of infectious disease.

We cannot, however, address public health challenges by looking uniquely at medical care, which remains central to our action. We believe that healthcare requires a global approach and must be adapted to realities in the field.

Working with Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux and local partners to provide housing, access to safe food and drinking water, better nutrition, education and employment, in addition to healthcare, we strive to sustainably improve the health and quality of life of the most vulnerable populations in low income settings: mothers and children.

Small Grants Programme

The Mérieux Foundation's grants program contributes towards financing projects that aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The projects including as beneficiaries mothers and children will be given priority.

Grant Size

Selected projects will receive financial support of up to 5000 euros. Two annual sessions are organized to study the applications.

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