The Mérieux Foundation began working in Senegal in 2009, when the Senegalese Ministry of Health became a co-founder of the West African Network for Biomedical Analysis Laboratories (RESAOLAB). Senegal works with the Mérieux Foundation and six other countries in the region to improve laboratory capacity through training, laboratory supervision, and external quality assessments.
Since 2015, the Mérieux Foundation USA’s I-Lab project has helped to integrate an open-source mobile reporting tool that automates laboratory data into all of the national- and regional-level laboratories across Senegal. The automation of this data improves the Ministry of Health’s ability to detect outbreaks and monitor antimicrobial resistance.
The Mérieux Foundation also links Senegal with various regional and international projects. Through its SOCIALAB study, the Mérieux Foundation researches the social, cultural, historical, and political factors that limit access to laboratory services and the resultant impacts on prenatal care in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal.
As an implementer of the Global Health Security Agenda, and in partnership with PATH, the Mérieux Foundation is helping to create a strategic plan for the laboratories of Senegal, and to build capacity for biosecurity, biosafety, and countering antimicrobial resistance.