OCB Gathering 2018 Outcomes

Watch the streaming - Motions - Board elections

Find out the motions, the OCB and MSFB Boards elections results, documents and presentations and don’t wait too long to screen the pictures (thank you to the talented photographers) at the right side in the Menu !

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On the menu of this Gathering in short:


7th OCB Operational Research Day | 1 June

With the support of LUXOR and SAMU, innovative new operational research were presented.  We often work in very difficult situations, and we need strong data, analysis and publications to share what we do with partners and donors, supporting our accountability and our advocacy efforts.

This year there were three exciting thematic slots, focusing on beneficiaries' needs and their perception of assistance, on neglected populations, and on infectious and non-communicable diseases.

A debate on the alarming attempts to reintroduce user fees concluded the OR Day.

MSF OCB Gathering / MSF-B General Assembly | 1 and 2 June

Beyond the President's, Finance, Vice President reports, and motions discussions wereled by three main topics:

How to make our employee charter more explicit to address issues related to harassment and abuse?

Our Employee Charter clearly states that "MSF employees shall not tolerate any behavior that exploits the vulnerability of others, in the broadest sense (economic, social, etc.)".
Does everyone in the room understand this rule correctly?
MSF wants to continuously improve how we prevent, detect and manage harassment and abuse within our organization and several steps have already been taken.

Imbedded humanitarianism: Is it justified to "cosy up" with the coalition in Iraq and Nigeria?
In Iraq or Nigeria, armed groups like ISIS and Boko Haram reject dialogue with humanitarians. These organizations are also considered terrorist by the states opposing them. This places MSF in a counter-terrorism framework when operating in the zones controlled by the Iraqi and Nigerian armies. De facto, MSF relies on the protection of these armies for the staff and health structures it runs. With the presence of protective armed forces around MSF structures and operations, do we need to address the challenges of an "imbedded humanitarianism"?

Nursing care, are we enough equipped to provide good nursing care to patients?
Great efforts have been made to strengthen nursing care throughout the MSF-movement, and dedicated new tools have been developed in the medical world to support nursing staff. But are we sufficiently equipped today to ensure sustainable nursing care practices? And have we done enough for our field staff to support them in the dilemma of providing care to patients with limited resources?

By: Sophie Guillaumie