The Christophe Mérieux Prize awarded to Maryline Bonnet, medical epidemiologist at IRD

The 2019 "Christophe Mérieux Prize" was awarded to Maryline Bonnet, research director at the TransVIH MI unit of the IRD and host at Epicentre and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda. Since 2017, she has carried out part of her work in Cameroon, where the TransVIH MI unit has a long history of research in the field of HIV.

Created in 2001 at the Institut de France, Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux has the purpose to contribute to scientific research applied to public health and more particularly to the fight against infectious diseases, to help develop projects in the field of scientific training and school education, and to contribute to development through micro-credits, both in France and abroad.

Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded each year a scientific Grand Prix, entitled "Christophe Mérieux Prize", to help research on infectious diseases in developing countries. This prize, worth 500,000 euros, is an exclusive award for research teams working permanently within these countries.

Dr Maryline Bonnet is a pulmonologist and epidemiologist. Her training as a pulmonologist and her years as a humanitarian doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) led her to become interested in the problem of tuberculosis in countries with limited resources. Her work focuses on improving the diagnosis and screening of childhood tuberculosis; simplifying the treatment of susceptible forms; and managing severe forms, particularly in patients with advanced immunosuppression due to HIV infection or meningococcal tuberculosis.

This award takes on a particular resonance in the context of stagnating progress in the international control of the tuberculosis pandemic and the discussions for the replenishment of the funding of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), which will be finalized on 10 October in Lyon.

This article was first published on the IRD website and translated in English by Afriscitech.


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