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An epidemiologist’s analysis of the Covid-19 crisis - Part 1

Crisis situation, response strategies, hydroxychloroquine, interventional epidemiology and the state of scientific research in Africa: Elba Rahmouni interviews Emmanuel Baron, Director of Epicentre, Médecins Sans Frontières

📣 Nous recherchons un(e) stagiaire Assistant(e) Diffusion / Communication à partir de fin août / début septembre 2020 ! Si vous êtes étudiant au moins en Bac+3 et bilingue anglais/français, n'hésitez pas à postuler ici avant le 15 juin. https://t.co/KoQeDdDyXM
Retrouvez l'intervention de Rony Brauman sur le plateau de @cliquetv, invité pour dresser un premier bilan sur l'épidémie de #coronavirus, deux jours après le début du déconfinement. https://t.co/EEZiPdBg8X
Situation de crise, stratégies de réponses, hydroxychloroquine, épidémiologie d’intervention, état de la recherche scientifique en Afrique : entretien avec Emmanuel Baron, directeur d’@Epicentre_MSF le centre de recherche et d’épidémiologie de @MSF. https://t.co/YSTAnjMXJL
Je n’applaudis pas à 20h Les EHPAD, les grands oubliés de la réponse à l'épidémie. Pour les personnels, continuer à travailler peu importe les conditions. Pour les pensionnaires, mourir seuls et sans traitement pour apaiser leurs souffrances. @MSF_france https://t.co/XRl4EJEY2E
RT @JFaerber: À la question choquante et nationaliste de l’animatrice du JT de TF1 qui dit que le confinement n’est pas « dans notre cultur…
MSF Mobile Clinics and Tea Teams in Somali Region
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Should Médecins Sans Frontières join the fight against global warming?

Following an article co-written by members of the Swiss and Canadian sections of MSF, Fabrice Weissman presents a critical analysis of the arguments put forward by his colleagues. An analysis that could be useful to the entire movement, and to the humanitarian community as a whole.

COVID-19 Project in Mons, Belgium
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The triage procedure

In exceptional circumstances where the demand for care exceeds the supply, how do you decide who to start with? Triage is necessary where there is exceptional demand, leading to the use of a specific procedure to establish priorities. Interview of Jean-Hervé Bradol conducted by Elba Rahmouni based on the article “In a disaster situation: get your bearings, triage and act” published in the book La médecine du tri. Histoire, éthique, anthropologie edited by Céline Lefève, Guillaume Lachenal and Vinh-Kim Nguyen.  


Tse Lowi IDP Site

The quantification of needs

Joël Glasman

Conference – debate, Monday, 27 April 2020, 6-8pm, 1st floor meeting room at MSF, 14-34 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019 Paris. Streaming and simultaneous translation into English available.

Combining historical research and ethnographic investigations, the Africanist historian Joël Glasman plunges us into the factory of the homo humanitarianus, the average individual, on the basis of which "needs" and aid projects today are assessed. He will come and talk to us about it on Monday 27 April, during a conference-debate at Crash.

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La médecine du tri

In a disaster situation: get your bearings, triage and act

On 12 January 2010, a high-magnitude earthquake caused numerous buildings in the city of Port au Prince in Haiti to collapse. Tens of thousands of people were killed or injured by falling blocks of concrete. The aftershocks from the earthquake, the predictions made by some seismologists and public rumours prompted fears of a repeat of the disaster. Houses, schools, churches, hospitals and business premises – all the places that had housed the capital’s residents and their main activities – had become lethal traps and a permanent threat. 

Inside MSF's hospital in Qayyarah, Iraq

The Challenges of Globalization of International Relief and Development

First Published December 1, 1999 - Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) - Volume 28 Issue 1.

This article begins with a look at the role played by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since its inception in 1971, and then looks at the challenges facing MSF today. It focuses on the confusion of humanitarian and political roles and on the goals MSF has laid out for itself to address this confusion. Humanitarian aid has become the favored response of governments to political crises, and governments have increasingly turned to NGOs to carry out their policies. In turn, NGOs have become increasingly dependent on governments for financial support. These changes have politicized aid delivery and made it difficult for NGOs to maintain their independence. In addition, as the number of NGOs increases and their activities become more specialized, there are pressures toward institutionalization and bureaucratization. To respond to these challenges, MSF has identified several goals, including maintaining organizational independence and flexibility and avoiding bureaucratization.