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MSF’s contributions to the changes in trans-national medicine

Nicolas
Dodier

Sociologist

Research Director at Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM), Director of Studies at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS).

The emergency and constraints of certain catastrophes force MSF teams to medical and operational audacity. To take new paths or stray away from official protocols is to run the risk of doing things less well, of perhaps doing harm and dilapidating resources. But to lack initiative is to make do with ineffective practices under the pretext of poverty, the ignorance of the affected populations, the respect of international recommendations, economic constraints or political authorities.

What can MSF do faced with these dilemmas? The publication directed by Jean-Hervé Bradol and Claudine Vidal, 'Medical Innovations in Humanitarian Situations. The work of Médecins Sans Frontières' retraces the arduous journey of innovation, focusing on five pathologies. It describes the measures which MSF has used to introduce and disseminate new practices. Nicolas Dodier shares with us his thoughts on MSF's contributions to the changes in transnational medicine.

To cite this content :
Nicolas Dodier, MSF’s contributions to the changes in trans-national medicine, 18 February 2010, URL : https://www.msf-crash.org/en/conferences-debates/msfs-contributions-changes-trans-national-medicine

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