The Mérieux Foundation began working in Myanmar in 2011, specifically to expand the network of laboratories capable of measuring HIV viral load. In the process, the Mérieux Foundation has renovated three public health laboratory units, supported microbiology tested at Public Health Laboratory in Mandalay, and begun supporting the construction of the new National Public Health Laboratory of Yangon.
Training, upgrading of equipment and operational support is provided to the Mandalay Public Health Laboratory and to the Yangon National Health Laboratory. In 2016, over 20,000 viral load tests were carried out by the two centers. The Mérieux Foundations aims to support Myanmar’s viral load testing capabilities so that it can meet the UNAIDS treatment target of 90% of people receiving antiretroviral therapy achieving viral suppression by 2020.