What We Do

Working side-by-side with our local partners, we design lasting solutions to improve the health and lives of vulnerable populations. The people and communities that are most impacted by these projects then carry them forward.

Engaging with local partners to prevent and fight epidemics

Without diagnostics, medicine is blind. The Mérieux Foundation believes that access to high quality laboratories for testing and research is the backbone of creating a healthier society and stopping the spread of epidemics.

In the outbreak-prone Eastern DRC, the Rodolphe Mérieux container laboratories we set up with the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Goma, in partnership with USAID, are on the front lines of Ebola response and research.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our high biosafety level laboratories and global scientific network were among the first to provide testing, train local scientists and reach under-resourced and displaced populations across the globe.

Through our networks of hospital laboratories in Madagascar and across West Africa, we are stepping up training and renovating and equipping facilities to fight one of the greatest threats to human health: antimicrobial resistance.

Building a better future for mothers, children and vulnerable populations

Women and children pay the steepest price in an increasingly harsh world with more and more crises caused by epidemics, climate change and conflict. We are working to support women and their families in refugee camps and other local communities so they will have better, healthier lives.

In Madagascar, where extreme poverty pushes thousands of children out of homes and onto the streets, we are working with local grassroots organizations to support street children, keep them safe, and provide food, schooling, and healthcare.

Discover some of our projects and partners

In Haiti, we work with local partners to provide vocational training to young adults. Through our microcredit and education program, women living with HIV/AIDS are able to earn income to support their families. Since the start of the program in 2005, 4,500 women have received microcredits.

Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese populations receive care at our community health center in Duris, on the Bekaa plain. In northern Iraq, ISIS destroyed much of Qaraqosh, causing the villagers to flee. We rebuilt the Qaraqosh school so that families would come back and their children could return to the classroom.

Their dignity is a lesson in humanity. Each step we take with them and for them, a lesson in hope.

Alain Mérieux
President of the Mérieux Foundation

Our priority areas of action

  1. Improving access to diagnostics

    by strengthening clinical laboratories in national health systems

  2. Enhancing local applied research capabilities

    by building laboratories transferred to local partners, training scientists and developing collaborative programs

  3. Knowledge sharing and public health initiatives

    with our Center for Global Health, Les Pensières

  4. Helping mothers and children

    by giving them access to better health and living conditions