The Mérieux Foundation began working in Haiti in 2002. In 2009, the Mérieux Foundation constructed the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory (LRM) at the Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infection (GHESKIO) Centers in Port-au-Prince. As the only BSL-3 laboratory in the country, the LRM performs both clinical diagnostics—for HIV viral load quantification, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, cholera, and Zika virus—and research in partnership with other GABRIEL members—on tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, microbiology and bacterial resistance. It also acts as Haiti’s reference laboratory for sexually transmitted and diarrheal diseases.
The Mérieux Foundation also supports public health in Haiti through projects such as SPHaïtiLAB, which supports the National Public Health Laboratory in creating national laboratory policy; a quality assurance program to achieve ISO 15189; and Haiti’s Bachelor in Applied Medical Biology (BAMS) degree program for public health laboratory technicians.