Peer-to-Peer Meeting on Covid-19 (29 April 2020)

MSF Sweden and Karolinska Institute invite MSF Sweden members to the Webinar “Peer to peer meeting on COVID-19”

MSF has responded to crises since the organization was created in 1971. With Covid-19, MSF is adapting our existing projects as well as starting new interventions in many parts of the world. Besides operations, the MSF network is sharing its expertise from Ebola and other humanitarian crises with governments, institutions and other organizations. In Sweden, COVID-19 has led to a mobilization and adaptation of health care system that is unprecedented. Many MSF associative members have been part of responding to the crisis and has experienced situations that are quite similar to what we face in the field. With expertise and skills from the work in the field, MSFers have been a great asset to employers by leading crisis teams, organizing field hospitals, introducing new ways of working and last but definitively not least by providing care to critically ill patients.

But how are we coping during present circumstances? With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and a healthcare sector under increasing strain many healthcare personnel can find themselves facing difficult situations and moral challenges. Is there a need of collegiate support between MSFers to alleviate and to manage moral stress?

With this digital meeting we would like to give a platform to MSF members to exchange experiences from the first months of the COVID-19 response in Sweden. The aim is also to discuss issues related to “moral stress” and see/learn what can be done about it. This virtual meeting can explore if there would be an interest and willingness to engage further for example through creating aa peer to peer support network. Before joining the meeting, feel free to read the attached article on moral distress among disaster responders.


Who is organizing this?

The initiative comes from MSF associative members that are currently working at Karolinska Institute and in the health care sector in Sweden. This is a collaboration between Karolinska institute and MSF Sweden.

For whom is it?

The main target group is MSF Sweden associative members who in different ways are working with the COVID-19 response in Sweden and abroad, both medical and not medical professions. To succeed with break out groups (chatrooms) we want that people who join have their own experience that they can share. However, the first part, with updates from different part of the response, is open for all members.

If you wish to attend and is an English speaker, please RSVP to this e-mail:  we will then do the presentations in English. The breakout groups follow the same logic. If one English speaker joins a group, we will switch to English. 

When is it?

Wednesday April 29th, starting at 18:00

How will the meeting take place?

Via Zoom. Register in advance for this webinar:

Please contact Martina Gustavsson in case you have technical difficulties.



18.00 Zoom hang out/ virtual cheese-and-wine mingle

18.30 Welcome and briefing on MSF and COVID -19 Katrin Kisswani, President of MSF Sweden

18.40 Presentations from MSF members engaged in the COVID-19 response

19.20 Moral Stress: What is it? Martina Gustavsson, Karolinska Institute

19.40 Break out rooms: 30 minutes

Discussions in smaller chatrooms:

  • Responding to COVID-19 in Sweden: What has been good what are the challenges and frustrations?
  • How has MSF experience played in/been used? Can it be used more?
  • Possible need of support from the MSF network? Peer support?

Conclusion/wrapping up

Feedback from key discussions in the differing chatrooms

Way forward? (We would like to see if there is an interest of working on Peer to peer networks, so in the end of the webinar you will be sent a short survey to fill in if you are interested to take part and/or to lead such a network).



Anneli Eriksson and Anna Karin Sjöblom


Warm welcome!

MSF Sweden Association in collaboration with the Center for Disaster Medicine at Karolinska Institute (Martina Gustavsson, Anneli Eriksson, Johan von Schreeb, Anna Karin Sjöblom)

By: Ana Maria Chaurio