Fondation Mérieux, as part of its collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, helped establish a national network of laboratories within the BIOMALI ACTION project. Following these early successes, the Foundation, at the request of the Ministries of Health of Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal, has established the West Africa Network for biomedical laboratories, RESAOLAB, focusing on the initial and continuing training of laboratory staff, management of quality, monitoring laboratory-based infectious diseases.
Despite these efforts, there are still difficulties related to the management of biomedical waste:
The prevalence of inappropriate behavior and practices in biomedical waste management;
Lack of equipment and biomedical waste management equipment in health facilities.
Mali is one of the countries where bioterrorism risks are not excluded.
In order to minimize health and environmental risks associated with the management of waste from human healthcare and veterinary activities including those produced at the laboratory level, it is necessary to strengthen the existing system through the training of health staff and the equipment of health structures with waste management equipment.