Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Fondation Mérieux in Bangladesh

In brief

  • First Fondation Mérieux mission in 2009

  • Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory in Chittagong within the Bangladesh Institute of Tropical & Infectious Diseases (BITID) (2015)

  • 2 GABRIEL network members:
    International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research (ICCDR,B) and Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi)

Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory research focus

  • Tuberculosis

  • Typhoid

Support to clinical biology laboratories

  • Partnership with NGO Friendship
    Fondation Mérieux’s support aims at strengthening laboratories of hospital-boats of the NGO Friendship through equipment and training of technicians mainly.

  • Quality and Biosecurity program of Fondation Mérieux within the BITID (Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases)

  • Staff training at the BITID for technicians working in the BSL2 on the achievement of analyzes about tuberculosis

  • Collaboration on diagnotics for tuberculosis resistance with ICDDR,B (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research) and ideSHi (Institute for Developing Science & Health Initiatives)

Current research projects

  • Study of the transmission of tuberculosis in prisons
    The purpose of this project started in 2013 in partnership with the Emerging Pathogens Laboratory in Lyon and with ICDDR,B (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research) is to improve early detection and control of the epidemic in Bangladeshi prisons.

  • Diagnosis of typhoid fever
    This study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation evaluates a new molecular test co-developped by the Emerging Pathogens Laboratory.

Support to local initiatives

  • Support to the NGO AMD (Aide Médicale au Développement)
    Fondation Mérieux helps the NGO through financial support for the surgical department of the Mother & Child Hospital in Chittagong to improve early detection of rickets and to prevent infectious risks (health hygiene, water hygiene).

  • Support to the Mother & Child Hospital Chittagong
    Fondation Mérieux equipped the facility, particularly in the fields of microbiology and education.

*With support from Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux

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