Network in Action

RESAOLAB seeks to implement action plans to enhance the skills of laboratory personnel, the quality of analyses and the surveillance of infectious diseases. Health ministries receive strong initial support from international and regional stakeholders and gradually take ownership of the project.

Our programs address all the factors that impact laboratory management and performance: from training to quality control, governance and creating networks.

Our focus areas

RESAOLAB project

RESAOLAB promotes a new form of multi-country cooperation.


Providing initial and continuous training for laboratory personnel.

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Strengthening laboratory services by implementing a standardized quality system.

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Improving governance of laboratory systems by helping define regional and national policies.

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Establishing a laboratory information management system for infectious disease surveillance.

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Sharing expertise and resources through national and regional laboratory networks.

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Achievements since the creation of RESAOLAB in 2009


public and private labs

receive supervision via the network


continuous training centers

have been created to date


lab directorates

have been built and equipped


training courses

with over 20 participants per course


training modules

to promote skills development



are involved in a new EQA program

Case Study

Primarily through RESAOLAB, the Mérieux Foundation played a crucial role during the Ebola outbreak in 2014-2015 by:

  • Providing biosecurity training to over 500 health workers, distributing biosafety equipment and facilitating cross-border collaboration among national laboratory directorates.
  • Equipping its Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Mali with a mobile laboratory for deployment during remote outbreaks, which is now part of a training program spanning the G5 Sahel countries.
  • Establishing protocols for safe international shipment of samples and arranging shipment to its Jean Mérieux-Inserm BSL-4 Laboratory in Lyon for those countries that did not have the capacity to perform Ebola diagnostic tests locally. It was the Jean Mérieux-Inserm BSL-4 Laboratory that first isolated the Ebola virus responsible for the 2014-2015 epidemic.
  • Providing ambulances and off-road motorcycles for patient and sample transport in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali in partnership with the U.S. State Department.