IRD – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement

The Research Institute for Development, or Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), is an internationally recognised multidisciplinary organisation, working mainly in partnership with countries in the Global South and in the French overseas territories. As a contributor to the achievement of the international development agenda, its priorities are aligned with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Institute operates under the joint authority of the Ministry responsible for Higher Education and Research as well as the Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs. The IRD institute has three main missions: research on world development, overseas consultancy and training. It conducts scientific programs contributing to the sustainable development of the countries of the South, with an emphasis on the relationship between man and the environment.

Valérie BRIAND, MD, PhD, is a Research Director at the IRD and a medical epidemiologist. She has been studying malaria in pregnant women and children for over 15 years. Since 2003, she has coordinated and participated in several longitudinal studies and clinical trials on malaria in pregnant women in Africa. Dr. Briand is currently collaborating on two multidisciplinary implementation studies that aim to improve both access to and coverage of strategies for the prevention of malaria in pregnant women and infants in West and East Africa (EDCTP funding).  Dr. Briand is responsible of Epicentre’s research department. Epicentre is a non-profit organization created by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1986. Epicentre’s goal is to provide medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or who have poor access to health care. Epicentre has extensive experience and a strong understanding of the sub-Saharan African context, the health system structures and the political landscape. Through the years, Epicentre’s involvement in studies has been either as sponsor, study site, principal investigator, scientific oversight, or implementation partner. Epicentre is also committed to training and capacity building in Africa.


Working Group: on the left Jean-Baptiste N’takpe, on the right Maria Fernanda Morera Agudelo

—— Prof. Valérie Briand —–