Established in 1967, Fondation Merieux (FMX) is an independent family foundation, recognized as a state-approved charity, fighting the infectious diseases that affect developing and emerging countries by reducing their impact on vulnerable populations. FMX has been working in West Africa for more than 15 years, realising projects in close partnership with the health authorities of the West Africa countries, especially the Laboratory Directorates (LD) which are the entities of the MoH in charge of all laboratories dealing with laboratory-based diagnostics, or equivalent.
In 2009, FMX launched the RESAOLAB project with the Ministries of Health (MoH) of Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal, later extended to Benin, Guinea, Niger, and Togo. Designed in collaboration with West African health professionals and the health ministries of member countries, RESAOLAB addresses the multiple factors affecting both governance and performance of clinical laboratories. The program aims to improve the quality of clinical laboratory services in these countries by strengthening their laboratory systems through a regional approach.