Alert, response, and capacity building under the International Health Regulations (IHR)


The WHO Lyon Office grew out of the vision of the French Government, the Grand Lyon, the Fondation Mérieux and WHO and the partnership on which the office was founded was agreed for a five year period. Lyon was chosen as the site of the WHO Office because of its scientific, institutional and industrial development strategy, centred on vaccinology, immuno-virology and biotechnology.

A new partnership agreement was signed on 13 April 2005 to maintain the WHO Lyon Office until 2010. Two new local partners – the Rhône-Alpes Region and the Rhône Department – have joined this endeavour for the next five years. The Institut Pasteur, which had already joined the initial partnership, also signed the new agreement.

Today our statutory partners are:

In addition, the WHO Lyon Office works with many other local, national and international partners who offer a wide range of support. These innovative partnerships allow for the continuous exchange of knowledge, skills and experience. The following list is not exhaustive; it illustrates the diversity of the partners collaborating with the Office.


National (France)

Local (Lyon)

With multiple public institutions and private companies situated in the city, Lyon is recognized around the world as a hub for biological sciences and technologies, medicine and vaccine production. The WHO Lyon Office works closely with the following local institutions: