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From 1974 to 1975, the Mérieux Foundation worked with Institut Mérieux to fight Brazil’s meningitis A epidemic by vaccinating the entire population (103 million people) in what was then the biggest public health intervention ever organized.

In 2016, the Mérieux Foundation built the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory (LRM) at Fundação Hospital Estadual do Acre (Fundhacre) in Rio Branco, the first BSL-3 laboratory in the Amazon region, which conducts research on tuberculosis and viral hepatitis.

Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and National Laboratory for Scientific Computing are active members of the Mérieux Foundation’s GABRIEL network. They, along with the LRM in Rio Branco, participate in multi-centric studies across the network, such as evaluating new pneumonia diagnostics developed by the Mérieux Foundation’s Emerging Pathogens Laboratory, and studying active surveillance of severe influenza in hospitalized patients in northeastern and southern Brazil.

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