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Mortalité : révisons les seuils d’alerte

Le taux brut de mortalité (TBR) est l’un des indicateurs les plus couramment utilisés à MSF et dans le milieu humanitaire pour évaluer le degré de gravité d’une crise sanitaire au sein d’une population donnée. Il est communément admis qu’un taux supérieur ou égal à un mort pour dix mille personnes et par jour caractérise une situation d’urgence nécessitant une réponse immédiate. Or l’usage du « seuil d’urgence standard de 1/10 000/jour » est très discutable : il contrevient aux recommandations que se sont données les organisations humanitaires et ne tient pas compte de la baisse de la mortalité observée dans l’ensemble du monde au cours des 30 dernières années.

RT @BenParker140: Have humanitarians been calculating mortality data all wrong? @FabWeissman has thrown down the gauntlet. I try to summari…
RT @ALNAP: Read our new blog by @MSF_Crash Research Director @FabWeissman, in which he calls for a revision of the emergency mortality thre…
Voici une #recension du livre de Jean-Hervé Bradol et @LePapemarc - Génocide et crimes de masse. L'expérience rwandaise de MSF 1982-1997 (CNRS éditions, 2017), rédigée par Clara Egger dans la Revue française de science politique. https://t.co/pHLdJFkd8Z
Philippe Lançon @philancon works as a journalist. His book, Le lambeau was published in April. As the author and subject of his narrative, he relates his experience as a hospital patient after surviving the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo. https://t.co/ahW8Ormyze
Bourbon Argos: Search and Rescue Operations October 2016
Op-Ed

Humanitarian reasons versus political interests

Humanitarian organisations coming to the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are kindly required either to watch them drown or to hand them over to human traffickers and torturers. We have seen countless political statements, opinion polls and editorials on the need to take a harder line against African migrants and accusing NGOs of being the accomplices of “smugglers”. We have even heard it said that these NGOs are organising the departures of those aspiring to migrate to Europe coincide with the presence of a rescue ship, making relief workers conscious actors in a criminal enterprise.

Devastation in Aden - July 2015
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Tomorrow’s war ? With Bertrand Badie

Tomorrow’s war?  Bertrand Badie is pessimistic given the extremely high tension in the Middle East. Modern conflicts in the region are defined by their uncertain, composite and heterogeneous nature, as well as by their permanence, as there are no winners and no losers. The situation can be interpreted vertically as a “superposition of logics of conflict” and horizontally as an “aggregate of logics of coalition”. Bertrand Badie explained that a conflict situation is really dangerous when it combines several logics of conflict and several logics of alliance, making it virtually impossible to reach a compromise. Today, we can distinguish fives layers of conflict in the Middle East, a level of superposition never previously attained, according to this specialist in international relations.

Philippe Lançon,  Le lambeau
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The story of patient Philippe Lançon, after the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo

Philippe Lançon works as a journalist for the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and Libération newspaper. His book, Le lambeau was published in April. As the author and subject of his narrative, he relates his experience as a hospital patient after surviving the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo during its editorial meeting on 7 January 2015. Although a “novice" when it comes to hospitals and operating theatres, he is a seasoned journalist. He is currently writing for Libération’s culture page, but previously reported on armed conflicts (Iraq and Somalia). So he’s no novice when it comes to casualties of war. In 2015, he became a reporter reporting on himself and on hospital surgery.

CONFERENCES
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De gauche à droite, Michaël Neuman, Lise Barnéoud et Emmanuel Baron lors de la conférence du Crash du 5 décembre 2017 sur la vaccination
Debate

Immunization: new perspectives on vaccines - Conference with Lise Barnéoud

Lise Barnéoud

Who profits from vaccination? Individuals? Society? Companies? Is vaccination efficient? Is it dangerous? Profitable? What are the factors influencing public opinion in this domain? Lise Barnéoud, science journalist and author of Immunisés ? Un nouveau regard sur les vaccins, has engaged in an investigation revealing multiple - and sometimes contradictory - realities observed in the French vaccination sector. She has carried out her investigation from three distinct viewpoints: the one of a mother who needs to decide whether to vaccinate her children or not; of a journalist leading an enquiry; and of a scientist analyzing how facts are built.   
 
Lise Barnéoud was a Crash guest speaker at a conference on vaccination held on December 5, 2017. A discussion with Epicentre, Crash and the MSF Medical Department allowed us to exchange views on vaccinal policy, which remains a cornerstone of MSF operations and a recurring subject of discussion and controversy.

 

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Publications

Bourbon Argos: Search and Rescue Operations October 2016
Op-Ed

Humanitarian reasons versus political interests

Humanitarian organisations coming to the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are kindly required either to watch them drown or to hand them over to human traffickers and torturers. We have seen countless political statements, opinion polls and editorials on the need to take a harder line against African migrants and accusing NGOs of being the accomplices of “smugglers”. We have even heard it said that these NGOs are organising the departures of those aspiring to migrate to Europe coincide with the presence of a rescue ship, making relief workers conscious actors in a criminal enterprise.

Rwanda
Article

Debate: Judi Rever will not let anything stand in the way of her quest to document a second Rwandan genocide

Published in March 2018, Judi Rever’s investigative work, In Praise of Blood, quickly garnered international attention. It is an indictment of both the Rwandan patriotic front (RPF) and its leader, current Rwandan president Paul Kagame, and foreign governments and international institutions – the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), in particular – that allowed crimes committed against Hutu civilians to go unpunished.Judi Rever’s book is more than a work of investigation. It reads like a prosecutor’s closing argument: the massacres are described in such a way as to classify them as genocide. And it is precisely this combination of investigation and the pursuit of evidence that would stand up in a court of law that is problematic.