While it has remained faithful to its original mission, that of combating the threat of infection worldwide, Fondation Mérieux has seen profound changes in recent years.
Dr Christophe Mérieux sought a foundation that was active and committed in the field, attentive to and at the service of the most underprivileged patients. Due to our belief in his vision shared by many of you who have accompanied us in this adventure, we can now be proud of our achievements to date.
2008 was a particularly productive year, with the increase in our applied research teams, the structuring of an international research network and mobilization on major healthcare themes. In its action, the Foundation has benefited from the expertise of its Scientific Committee and the support of its Board of Management, for which I am particularly grateful.
While the fight against disease is far from over and too many children, women and men are still unable to access decent healthcare, the Foundation is making its own humble headway on the pathway to hope. We set up local laboratories all over the world, our researchers work relentlessly on new solutions in the fight against emerging pathogens, we train men and women who will play an active role in their country's healthcare...
We still have a long way to go and in a particularly difficult international economic context, it is our duty to mobilize all available resources for new projects. Now, more than ever, we are counting on our partners throughout the world, so that with their support we can nurture roots for life.