November 15, 2016 | Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
Fondation Mérieux, in partnership with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps Region, has sent an expert to join the local health team in Haiti responding to Hurricane Matthew. Fondation Mérieux is also assessing the emergency needs for medical assistance of its Haitian partners, particularly the GHESKIO Centers, Haiti’s national expert in cholera and diarrheal diseases.
Fondation Mérieux’s response to Hurricane Matthew builds on more than a decade of public health strengthening in the country. Its Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory, connected to the GHESKIO Center, employees 70 staff members to improve diagnosis and treatment of multi-resistant tuberculosis, cholera, and HIV.
Fondation Mérieux also supports the following projects in Haiti:
- Three laboratory projects to strengthen clinical biology, developing appropriate laboratory policy, improving laboratory staff skills, and supporting antibiotic resistant analysis
- Three research projects on pneumonia and quality assurance
- Two training projects to teach laboratory technicians the latest technology and best practices, and educate primary students on water quality
- Five local public health initiatives that support women and children that are disproportionately affected by infectious disease.