RESAOLAB today: 15 countries strong
As of 2018, the program is overseen by the Mérieux Foundation’s international team. Focal points appointed by the ministry of health (one per country) are responsible for implementing RESAOLAB initiatives nationally, with the support of designated project teams and managers as needed.
The Mérieux Foundation works with the health ministries to promote a common, harmonized biomedical policy, in close connection with the West African Health Organization (WAHO). It seeks to build local capacity in order to address emerging global health challenges such as antimicrobial resistance – for example by creating a resistance observatory in West Africa.
For laboratories, our expanded network simplifies adherence to international, regional and national health recommendations, including those from the WHO (i.e., the International Health Regulations) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (i.e., the Global Health Security Agenda), as well as WAHO recommendations and those issued by the health ministers of each country.