Fondation Pierre Fabre

As part of the network of laboratories RESAMAD has set up a LabBook, which is a free, computerised laboratory management system developed by the Mérieux Foundation

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About the sponsor

Bureau de Madagascar, Fondation Mérieux

Established in 1967, the Mérieux Foundation is an independent family foundation, chaired by Alain Mérieux and recognised to be of public interest. Its mission is to contribute to global health by strengthening the local capacities of developing countries, and to reduce the impact of infectious diseases that affect vulnerable populations, especially mothers and children. Having been active in Madagascar since 2006, the Mérieux Foundation contributes to improving access to care for vulnerable people and to improved biological diagnosis by supporting regional laboratories. This is carried out in close collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, through the laboratory development department and the Charles Mérieux Infectiology Centre, hosted by the University of Antananarivo. It participates in training health professionals in the field of research and clinical trials. The Foundation also supports local associations fighting poverty in the country, such as Father Pedro Opeka's Akamasoa (“Good Friends”) Association.

Sector: Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Country of origin: Madagascar

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Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Infectious diseases

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 01/01/2015


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Revenue generated by the beneficiaries/healthcare facilities

About the initiative

Many laboratories do not have a computer system that allows them to process data automatically. Patient information and test results are collected in paper format, which involves creating large numbers of copies. The patient data and analyses to be performed are first generally recorded on a bench-top log book, based on the data noted on the request (prescription) forms. The biologist or laboratory technician then performs the analyses, notes the controls and calibrations performed in another log book, and copies the analysis results to the bench-top log book. He then manually completes the analysis report, which he gives to the clinician. The risk of error is therefore high and the information is difficult to compile and process. When the laboratory needs to provide statistics and activity reports, it must reread its paper records and count the patients, identify sexes and ages, as well as the number and type of analyses without digital tools.

LabBook is implemented in Madagascar by providing technical support for laboratory technicians to learn how to use the software. They also benefit from IT support, and learn how to use a computer. In addition, LabBook has the advantage of having a focal point in Madagascar, which can link the RESAMAD and Mérieux Foundation laboratories.

This computerised laboratory management system (CLMS) allows for computerised management of the laboratory's numerical and alphanumeric data, namely:

  • patients (their age, sex, address, clinical particularities)
  • analyses (numeric and alphanumeric)
  • prescribers and samplers
  • records (a prescriber, a patient, one or more analyses)
  • capture and validation of results
  • management of quality controls
  • impressions and reports (bench sheets, reports, statistics, epidemiology)
  • queries, consultation of patient histories
  • various settings
  • data backup.

This software was originally designed for, and in partnership with, RESAOLAB (West African Network of Biological Analysis Laboratories). It represents the first regional programme in West Africa which aims to strengthen the field of biomedical analyses. Building on the success of RESAOLAB, the Foundation is supporting the establishment of a network of laboratories in Madagascar: RESAMAD. From 2015 to 2017, an improved version of the software, LabBook 2.0, was deployed in 9 laboratories in Madagascar, destined for Madagascar’s network of RESAMAD laboratories. Thanks to the laboratories’ monitoring and their use of the CLMS, user comments made it possible to improve the software with the implementation of LabBook 2.0. LabBook simplifies and facilitates the reading, management and consultation of laboratory data, compared to more complicated paper management, which explains why the percentage of laboratories submitting their activity reports (statistics) and epidemiological reports is so low. LabBook therefore makes it possible to strengthen epidemiological surveillance, through the regular collection and transmission of laboratory analysis data to the National Laboratory Bureau. The software enables the production of a weekly surveillance report for priority diseases (malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoea, respiratory infections, malnutrition). In addition, it is configurable to allow optimal adaptation to the operation of each laboratory.

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Patient monitoring and medical data

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)

Initiative objectives

  • Improved treatment

Key figures

18 Number of beneficiaries since launch

18 Number of users per Day

Materials used

  • Computer

Technologies used

  • NC
  • Web application

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation



Fondation Mérieux Lyon

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.