January 18, 2021

Médecins Sans Frontières, Evolution of a Movement: Associative History 1971-2011

We would like to remind you all that “Médecins Sans Frontières, Evolution of a Movement: Associative History 1971-2011” is publicly available for download in English here: and in French here: study examines how the MSF’s associative movement developed from its early beginning in 1971 into an international associative movement.The study is divided into two episodes:Episode 1 reviews MSF’s first three decades (1971-2000) with the building of the movement and its associative character.Episode 2 is about the challenges of...

Read more
January 18, 2021

Rebutting pharma’s rejection of a global COVID-19 IP waiver

Ahead of an informal WTO TRIPS Council meeting tomorrow 19 January, and in the frame of the "No Patent, No Monopolies" campaign, I am happy to share with you our blog post further rebutting the myths being spread by pharmaceutical corporations and some governments around why the COVID-19 TRIPS waiver proposal submitted by South Africa and India at the World Trade Organization (WTO) isn’t needed or important.The blog is in response to director-general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) Thomas Cueni’s opinion piece in The New York Times...

Read more
January 11, 2021

Protects Me, Protects you campaign

We would like to share this campaign, created by a MSF USA Board member. The goal of the campaign is to build confidence around COVID vaccination and notably to reach the group of people undecided with the vaccination because of misinformation and caution because it was developed so quickly.Here is the link to the campaign, available in 15 languages. Soon, there will be FAQ available on the website., some informations about the campaign:
 "An epidemiologist who has been working in public health in Indigenous communities for more than 10...

Read more
January 7, 2021

In memoriam

This year starts with the sad news that two of our colleagues passed away in this first week of the new year. On Monday, 4 January Latafat Khan, the country representative assistant in Pakistan, passed away following a heart-attack. He was 42 years old and had 5 children.  Latafat worked for MSF since 2007 and helped the organization to overcome tricky situation in difficult times thanks to his sensitivity, knowledge, wisdom, commitment. We created an e-mail address to give the chance to anyone that met him to express his condolences: We will share the...

Read more
December 22, 2020

OPS Newsletter - November & December 2020


Read more
December 22, 2020

OCB leaving Malawi after 35 years - Share your story!

Soon MSF Belgium will leave Malawi after 35 years of presence in Malawi. We would like to appeal to all people who have worked in Malawi to share their experience in Malawi.To do so we want you to make a short video with your smartphone and send it by email to msf35yearsmalawi@gmail.comLatest the 10th of January 2021 To make the video:Find the good place to make the video:a quiet place (no background noise)well illuminated placelight colored back ground Content of the video:Present yourself: Example:  “Hello, I am Marc”2 sec break

Read more
December 18, 2020

Field Recentralisation Update

 Pour le français cliques ici.    In our previous newsletter we introduced you to the field recentralization process that has started for the Cell 1 countries: DRC, Central African Republic, Guinea, Burundi and Cameroon. What has been happening since?

In October and November an intense consultation phase took place with more than 20 (online) workshops including project and coordination teams of the Cell 1 countries. Participation was diverse, as staff had different kinds of experience, background and expertise. The multiple points of view on how to realize field recentralization in...

Read more
December 16, 2020

Comment protéger les acteurs humanitaires: relégitimer ou sanctionner?

Comment protéger les acteurs humanitaires dans le contexte des conflits armés anti-terroristes: relégitimer ou sanctionner?

Dans cet article paru sur le site Défis Humanitaires, Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier , directrice juridique de Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), exhorte à ne pas se tromper de diagnostic dans le débat sur la protection des acteurs humanitaires, en revenant notamment sur l'impact des lois anti-terroristes sur leur sécurité. 

Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier est la directrice juridique internationale chez Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) et l’auteure du ...

Read more
December 15, 2020

Replay the 15 December 2020 OCB Board !

The last OCB Board meeting this Covid-year 2020 just finished. If you could not attend we invite you to watch the recording. First on the agenda was a financial update Q4 2020 followed by a presentation of the OCB budget 2021. For those of you who are more interested in getting feedback on the OCB Gathering, start the recording at 02:05:45.Presentations:Presentation finance part 1Presentation finance part 2Recommendation of the budget committeeGathering SurveyGathering participation and voting statistics    

Read more
December 11, 2020

Field Opportunity Envelope / Enveloppe des Opportunité Terrains (FOE) 2021

En français plus bas Let’s kicking off the Field Opportunity Envelope (FOE) 2021! Despite some budgetary constraints, there is still room for field Initiatives in 2021. The idea behind the FOE is to support initiatives, that are time-bound, integrating associative components, improving the perception of our activities, thus giving more meaning to our operations. For example, this was last year the case with the Martissant project, which rehabilitated a health center, or the Bangui project, which made an entire community aware of family planning. Field and Coordination-team are both encouraged...

Read more
December 7, 2020

REPLAY - Debate - The Nexus - What is it and why is it important to MSF Operations?

 Dear OCB,Many thanks to Heather Pagano, Sandrine Tiller and Emmanuel Lampaert for proposing and speaking at this engaging debate. View the written summary below and recording here:
Access Passcode: OBBv#6&0

 Anyone who wishes to propose a topic for an 'Ops Social Mission debate' - to (re-)build in-house debating capacity and develop in-house understanding on a current, complex topic - please don't hesitate to contact me or Robin Vincent-Smith. ...

Read more
December 3, 2020

Your feedback / Ton avis

En Français

We want to thank each and everyone of you who contributed to this Gathering, followed it live, raised questions and used your voting right!

You will find the main outcomes here 

If you could not attend you can replay the 27/11 and 28/11 (OCB Racism and Discrimination Talk) sessions.

This was our first fully online Gathering. We missed hugging you, chatting with a drink and dancing. This being said, this format also had positive aspects. 
We would like to hear from you on your impressions and what could be improved.


Read more
December 2, 2020

Share your insights and abstracts with MSF Paediatric Days!

Dear colleagues,We are currently in the process of organizing the fourth edition of the MSF Paediatric Days, a platform bringing together MSF field staff, academia and operational staff with the aim of enhancing the quality of MSF’s paediatric programs and addressing current paediatric issues. This next edition will be very special since we will welcome all the participants virtually on April 15 & 16, 2021.WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WORKING WITH NEONATES, INFANTS AND ADOLESCENTS IN HUMANITARIAN SETTINGS TO SHARE THEIR INSIGHTS WITH THE COMMUNITY BY SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT ON OUR...

Read more
December 2, 2020

Replay the Racism & Discrimination Talk

As a part of the OCB Gathering online package, we organised a talk on racism and discrimination the 28th of November. The OCB members had the possibility to express themselves on this important topic, to exchange with our consultant Dr. Margo Okazawa Rey and to get information from the executive and the asociation on the plans ahead. If you missed the event, you can still take part of it here:  

Read more
December 1, 2020

Outcomes of the OCB Gathering / MSF-B GA

Thanks to all who participated accross the globe in the OCB Gathering on 27th and 28th November!  Below you will find the main outcomes.The OCB Board: Katharine Derderian and Anneli Eriksson where elected to the OCB Board for a mandate of 3 years. Shabaz Israr Khan and Fabio Biolchini were co-opted as non-voting field representatives to join the OCB Board for a mandate of 2 years. Check here for the full composition of the OCB Board!The MSF-B Board: Martina Ghelarducci, Sofie Spiers, Leen Verhenne and André Coulange were elected for a 3 years mandate at the MSFB Board and Anne Laurent...

Read more
November 26, 2020

Votes are open! - Les votes sont ouverts!

MSF OCB Gathering / MSF-B GAEn français ci-desousThe OCB Gathering / MSF-B General Assembly online voting is open. Use this opportunity to participate in the election of board candidates and to express your voice on motions and other topics for the OCB and MSFB.The voting will be closed Friday 27 November at 17h00 (Brussels time) and the results of the voting will be announced at 17h30 at the end of the Gathering.To vote you must be a member of one of the 9 OCB sections, and if that's the case all you ...

Read more
November 25, 2020

Action points for tackling institutional racism and discrimination in Human Resources, Communication and Fundraising Policies and Practices in MSF

Call for Action: Dear Associative members In order to become the MSF we want to be, and attain a more inclusive organization, there is a need to address the existing institutional and structural racism embedded in our system. The MSF East Africa Association (EAA) & MSF Norway Association Working Group on Anti-Racism is hereby presenting you with the outcomes of the discussions and sessions that followed the two events on "Power, Privilege and Institutional Racism" held jointly by our associative members in October 2020. We urge you to read the document...

Read more
November 24, 2020


MSF Scientific Days bring together MSF staff, academics, researchers and influential sector journalists to discuss the groundbreaking research and innovation taking place in MSF today.
Most importantly, MSF Scientific Days can bring your research to a multi-disciplinary, global audience, prompting important changes in humanitarian medical practice.

Submissions for MSF Scientific Days 2021 are now open!

Deadline for submissions is 13 January 2021 for MSF Scientific Days International and Europe and 29 March 2021 for MSF Scientific Days Asia, Latin America and Southern Africa....

Read more
November 23, 2020

MSF Global Health Pop Up 2020

We are looking forward to seeing you for the 6th annual
MSF Global Health Pop-Up Meeting!“The Legacies of COVID-19 and the Global Health System—
Time to Shift from Security to Solidarity?”When? This Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th of November 2020 (14h00-18h00 CET)This Link for Day 1 & This Link for Day 2 Please find a few more details about this year’s event at the Pop Up 2020 Folder in the GHAN SharePoint Page, including:Pop Up Meeting Agenda (Content, speakers, and timings).Links and instructions for joining the meeting via Microsoft TEAMS.Speaker bios and background...

Read more
November 21, 2020


Here is the latest neswletter on inclusion of persons with disabilities:Two voices on the place of physiotherapy in medical action of MSF, 
a testimony of a noma survivor turned MSF staff and advocate, 
and highlights from an asso-driven initiative for people with disabilities in DRCRead it:In English
In French
In ArabicMore on  

Read more