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Operational research News


Early mobilization in post-operative care in Cameroon

At the Regional Hospital Maroua in the Far North Region of Cameroon As part of an operational research project, Humanity & Inclusion (HI), MSF, and the Karolinska Institutet are piloting a new physiotherapy assessment tool to help patients regain independence.
A child vaccinated against measles gets marked in order to avoid confusion during a vaccination day on the island of Kassa, Guinea. © Markel Redondo

Südafrika, Bangladesch, Griechenland, Guinea, Irak, Kongo (Demokratische Republik), Simbabwe

A Sneak Peek into Eight MSF Operational Research Projects

In two video features, eight researchers explain how their work supports MSF projects in Guinea, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and beyond.
Katie Whitehouse recently gave a TEDx Talk in Chamonix on why listening is a critical skill. © Olly Bowman
Katie Whitehouse

When Words Tell You More Than Numbers

As a qualitative researcher, Katie Whitehouse collects stories and experiences to better inform the design and delivery of services. She recently gave a TEDx Talk on why listening is a critical skill.
A nurse caring for a newborn baby in the newborn unit of Timergara District Headquarter Hospital, Pakistan. © Nasir Ghafoor/MSF


Tackling the misuse of labour-inducing drugs in Pakistan

In Pakistan, the misuse of labour-inducing drugs poses serious health risks to mothers and newborns. Driven by alarming evidence from an operational research study, MSF piloted a dedicated training for health workers to counter this dangerous misuse.
MSF health promotors talk with the family of a Lassa fever patient at the hospital in Abakaliki. © Brienne Prusak/MSF
Julita Gil Cuesta


Understanding Lassa fever and improving patient care

Julita Gil Cuesta, a medical epidemiologist with MSF’s operational research unit LuxOR, recently visited Nigeria to support the research and documentation of the Lassa fever project in Ebonyi state.
MSF manages the Robarrie clinic in Tonkolili district in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. An MSF nurse is examining a one month old baby showing the symptoms of malaria. © Giuseppe La Rosa/MSF

Griechenland, Sierra Leone

Research on User Fee Challenges & Rehabilitation for Victims of Violence

In January, LuxOR facilitated a training focused on qualitative research. In just seven days, the five participants developed research protocols to investigate questions from the field, ranging from HIV treatment in South Africa to care for survivors of torture in Greece.
A patient is tested for malaria at the Centre de Santé in Gbagayaembo, one of the 17 clinics supported by MSF in Bili, DRC. © Vincenzo Livieri/MSF
Katie Whitehouse

Kongo (Demokratische Republik)

Understanding Malaria Treatment and Prevention

In October 2018, Katie Whitehouse supported two qualitative studies investigating how people prevent and treat malaria in one of the most remote regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, recurring outbreaks of water-borne infectious diseases pose a major health challenge.
Samuel Sieber


A WASH Toolkit to Fight Cholera and Typhoid Fever

In Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, recurring outbreaks of water-borne infectious diseases pose a major health challenge. With an innovative Water, Sanitation and Hygiene toolkit and a comprehensive environmental health approach, MSF is working towards providing safe water and preventing outbreaks.
Depuis 2012, MSF pratique des interventions de chirurgie orthopédique et offre des soins traumatologiques intégrés dans son Centre d’urgence chirurgicale et traumatologique de Tabarre, à Port-au-Prince, en Haïti. © Christophe Hebting, MSF


A Legacy of Quality Surgical Trauma Care in Tabarre, Haiti

To treat trauma patients in Port-au-Prince, MSF has been providing specialized care and orthopedic surgeries at its Surgical and Emergency Center in Tabarre.
The Mbera Health Center, Mauritania, where MSF has been treating patients with NCDs. © Anita Williams / MSF
Anita Williams


Caring for Patients with Non-communicable Diseases in Mauritania

Anita Williams, LuxOR's focal point for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), recently visited the MSF team treating patients with NCDs in the Mbera Refugee Camp located in Bassikounou in Mauritania.