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Serge Eholié and Xavier Anglaret Winners of the 2017 Christophe Mérieux Prize: Rewarding Infectious Disease Research in Côte d’Ivoire

8 June 2017, Paris (France)

The 2017 Christophe Mérieux prize has been awarded to Serge Eholié and Xavier Anglaret of the Centre de recherche sur les maladies infectieuses et pathologies associées* in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).

The ADVAC Course Draws 72 Students to Review the Latest Trends in the Field of Vaccines

6 June 2017, Les Pensières Center for Global Health, Veyrier-du-Lac (France)

The 18th edition of the Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC) was held May 7th-19th. 72 students from 38 countries took the course, which is given by the leading experts in the field.

Benin Welcomes Major West African Experts in Clinical Biology: Joint Workshops of the West African Network of Biomedical Analysis Laboratories and West African Regional Disease Surveillance

6 June 2017, Cotonou (Benin)

Some 60 participants, including the leading figures in clinical biology of the 15 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries, are gathering in Cotonou in Benin, June 6 - 8 for the joint workshops on laboratory system strengthening of the West African Network of Biomedical Analysis Laboratories (RESAOLAB) and West African Regional Disease Surveillance (WARDS).

Mali: Phase 2 Launch of the LABOMEDCAMP Country Medical Laboratory Project

22 May 2017, Bamako (Mali)

The official ceremony to launch phase 2 of the LABOMEDCAMP project took place at the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease on April 5, 2017.

Inauguration of the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory in Cambodia: new capacities for this major training and scientific research platform

27 April 2017, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

On April 27, was inaugurated the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) in Cambodia.

Laos: inauguration of the first Food Safety Laboratory in Vientiane

24 April 2017, Vientiane (Laos)

On Monday, April 24 was inaugurated the Food Safety Laboratory, in Vientiane, Lao PDR (Lao People’s Democratic Republic). The 1,200 m2 facility is the first laboratory of its kind in Laos. It will serve as the reference center for the control of food quality throughout the country.

The 5th IDEA Conference in Asia, organized by the Mérieux Foundation, focuses on cholera

30 March 2017, Hanoi (Vietnam)

The 5th meeting of the Initiative against Diarrheal and Enteric diseases in Asia (IDEA) was held from March 6 to 9, 2017 in Hanoi (Vietnam).

Publication of the 4th Edition of the journal Humanitarian Alternatives

14 March 2017, Lyon (France)

Humanitarian Alternatives has just published its 4th edition. 6 years after the beginning of the war in Syria, the journal devotes its fourth issue to the following topic: "Syria: the future in limbo".

A new center in Madagascar, in the memory of Dr. Bénédicte Contamin, the former head of Fondation Mérieux in Madagascar

28 February 2017, Antananarivo (Madagascar)

On January 4, 2017, the "Maison Bénédicte" (Bénédicte’s Home) was inaugurated in Antananarivo. Its name commemorates the life of Dr. Bénédicte Contamin, who served as the head of Fondation Mérieux in Madagascar for almost a decade. The inauguration ceremony for the training and community center, which bears the name of the woman who initiated the first Fondation Mérieux mission to Madagascar in 2006, was attended by Alain Mérieux, Fondation Mérieux’s President, and its Director General, Benoît Miribel.

From a Mobile Laboratory in Mali to a G5 Sahel Biosecurity Network

17 February 2017, Bamako (Mali)

Plans are being made to create a biosecurity network covering the entire G5 Sahel area (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger), designed to deliver an improved response to biological threats, and more efficiently combat epidemics and the emergence of new categories of crises.

West African Network of Biomedical Analysis Laboratories: Inauguration in Togo of the Directorate of Pharmacy, Medicine and Laboratories, of the Center of External Quality Assessment and of the Center for Continuous Training

16 February 2017, Lomé (Togo)

As part of the West African network of biomedical analysis laboratories (RESAOLAB), are being inaugurated today in Togo, the Directorate of Pharmacy, Medicine and Laboratories, the Laboratory Directorate’s Center of External Quality Assessment and the Center for Continuous Training. These inaugurations are celebrated by RESAOLAB’s partners, Prof. Moustapha Mijiyawa, Minister of Health and Social Welfare in Togo, Prof. Dodzi Komla Kokoroko, President of the University of Lomé, Benoît Miribel, Director General of Fondation Mérieux, Dr. Monique Dorkenoo, RESAOLAB coordinator in Togo, and her team, as well as the leading figures in clinical biology in Togo.

Conference on Enteric Fever Diagnostics

13 February 2017, Les Pensières Center for Global Health, Veyrier-du-Lac (France)

A conference on enteric fevers diagnostics was organized at the Les Pensières conference center near Annecy (France) from February 7 to 9, 2017.

Inauguration of a Mother and Child medical center in Erbil (Iraq) in partnership with Fondation Mérieux

25 January 2017, Erbil (Iraq)

Fondation Mérieux helped to build a medical center in Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Pauline-Marie Jaricot Mother and Child center was commissioned and opened on December 7, 2016. It provides comprehensive, quality medical care for displaced people, of whom there are many in the Iraqi Kurdistan region. These people now have access to diagnosis and targeted medical treatment.

Senegal Welcomes Major West African Experts in Clinical Biology: 4th International Steering Committee of West African Laboratory Network of Biomedical Analysis Laboratories

18 January 2017, Dakar (Senegal)

Some 70 participants, including the leading figures in clinical biology of Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo, are gathering in Dakar in Senegal, January 18-20 for the 4th International Steering Committee of the West African laboratory network of biomedical analysis laboratories (RESAOLAB). They are sharing their results in fighting against epidemics and improving laboratory services.

Strategies to Increase Vaccine Acceptance and Uptake 2016

4 November 2016, Les Pensières, Annecy (France)

72 experts from 19 countries gathered at Les Pensières September 26-28 to discuss vaccine hesitancy and understand the drivers and barriers affecting vaccine acceptance.

ZikaPLAN: Fondation Mérieux unites with 24 Research Organizations to Fight Zika Virus and Build Long-term Outbreak Response Capacity in Latin America

25 October 2016, Lyon (France)

Fondation Mérieux is among the 25 leading research and public health organizations from Latin America, North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe gathered in Recife for the launch of ZikaPLAN (Zika Preparedness Latin American Network).

"Better Foods for Better Health" White Book: 30 global experts share the latest findings on microbiota in disease prevention and obesity

7 September 2016, Lyon (France)

The 5th edition of the Better Foods for Better Health White Book has been published, providing new insight from 30 thought leaders from science and industry on the growing role and potential of gut microbiota to improve health.

Grandes Tueuses: an on-line documentary series on the biggest public health threats The saga of 14 major killers told through 70 short films

6 July 2016, Paris (France)

Despite major advances, epidemics and pandemics continue to devastate human health and lives in the 21st century. Malnutrition, bacteria and viruses are the causes of the lethal diseases that the Grandes Tueuses (Big Killers) series tracks across the globe. The multimedia approach and portraits of patients, healthcare professionals and scientists make the series as entertaining as it is informative. Created for distribution via the web, the films are designed to raise public awareness and educate teams working in the field.

8th Annual GABRIEL Research Network Meeting in Laos

6 July 2016, Vientiane (Laos)

Scientists from 25 countries present research results on infectious diseases threatening developing countries.

Professor Francine Ntoumi Winner of the 2016 Christophe Mérieux Prize

9 June 2016, Paris (France)

The 2016 Christophe Mérieux prize has been awarded to Professor Francine Ntoumi of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Brazzaville (Congo) at a ceremony that took place at the Institut de France on 8th June, to encourage her work in infectious diseases in Central Africa.

5th Better Foods for Better Health symposium

31 May 2016, Les Pensières, Annecy (France)

Fondation Mérieux organized the 5th edition of the Better Foods for Better Health meetings on 8-10 April at Les Pensières conference center.

2nd Regional WARDS Workshop on Laboratory Strengthening and Networks in the 15 ECOWAS Countries and RESAOLAB Workshops in Collaboration with WAHO

17 May 2016, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Some 70 participants, including the leading figures in clinical biology from the 15 ECOWAS countries, are gathering in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, May 17-19 for the West African Regional Disease Surveillance (WARDS) project’s 2nd regional workshop on laboratory strengthening and networks and RESAOLAB** technical workshops.

SPHaïtiLAB Conducts 1st Assessment of Biomedical Analysis Laboratories in Haiti

5 May 2016, Port-au-Prince (Haiti)

Providing essential data to build a national laboratory policy tailored to the country’s needs.

Inauguration of Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center of Brazil in Rio Branco

19 April 2016, Rio Branco (Brazil)

Fondation Mérieux provides the 1st high level (BSL3) lab in the Amazon, along with a training and research center.

Fondation Mérieux and 3 Foundations Publish the 1st Edition of Humanitarian Alternatives

17 March 2016, Lyon (France)

Humanitarian Alternatives launched its inaugural issue. Fondation Mérieux, the French Red-Cross Fund, the Action Against Hunger Foundation and the Handicap International Foundation collaborated to initiate and support this bilingual humanitarian journal with an international scope.

Fondation Mérieux supports global scientific community commitment to share data on Zika

10 February 2016, Cambridge (UK)

Joining the Wellcome Trust’s initiative, leading global health bodies including academic journals, NGOs, research funders and institutes, have committed to sharing data and results relevant to the current Zika crisis and future public health emergencies as rapidly and openly as possible.

Addressing the effects of aging on immune response

26 January 2016, Lyon (France)

Fondation Mérieux organized the 3rd Aging and Immunity Meeting, 11-13 January in Siena, Italy.

World’s first dengue vaccine authorized for use in 3 endemic countries

19 January 2016, Lyon (France)

A long awaited tool for dengue prevention and control has finally become available in three endemic countries. During the month of December, health authorities in Mexico, the Philippines and Brazil granted marketing authorization for the first dengue vaccine.

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