The Science of Doing Better
Where are the critical gaps in access to quality medical care? Do health programmes meet the needs of patients? Is MSF’s assistance reaching those in remote and resource limited settings? And what are the root causes of today’s manifold humanitarian crises?
Operational Research helps MSF take an in-depth look at its programmes and operations, evaluates what is working well, and shows what needs to be improved. Based in Luxembourg, the Operational Research Unit LuxOR undertakes research projects supporting humanitarian action all over the world.
LuxOR shares findings with the international MSF-movement and partner organizations, and advocates for evidence-based policy and practices changes with local and international stakeholders. Supported studies are published in renowned scientific journals, and openly available to researchers and the global humanitarian community.
LuxOR is a decentralized unit based in Luxembourg and Brussels, with further colleagues working from Canada, South Africa, and the field.
Operational Research Coordinator: Jo Robays
Lead MSF OCB operational research strategy, supervise OR teams, promote scientific publications, and coordinate OR training initiatives.
Program Officer: Veerle Hermans
Coordination and liaison with operations and medical departments in Brussels, and MSF Luxembourg, technical support to the epidemiologist pool.
Senior OR Support and Documentation: Rafael Van den Bergh
Operational research support, focal point WASH, vector control; migration, victims of torture (VoT) and mental health.
Policy, Practice & Communication Advisor: Samuel Sieber
Coordination of evidence-informed policy and practice implementation, lead LuxOR communications and outreach.
Medical Data Editor: Marcel Manzi
Support for quality data collection and analysis in MSF programs, training and supervision for data managers and orientation for new medical employees.
Medical Editor: Tony Reid
Support to field teams and researchers for OR protocols and publications in scientific journals, lead MSF website "Field Research" with open access to MSF-authored articles.
OR Advisor: Wilma van den Boogaard
Operational research support, focal point sexual and reproductive health (SRH), sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and maternal health, migration, victims of torture (VoT) and mental health, neonatal and adolescent health, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer care.
Qualitative Research Mobile Implementation Officer: Katie Whitehouse
Qualitative operational research support in the field.
OR Support and Documentation: Engy Ali
Operational research support, focal point surgical care, intensive care, emergency care; neonatal and pediatrics health, and nutrition.
OR Support and Documentation: Anita Williams
Operational research support, focal point antimicrobial resistance, pharmacy, infection prevention and control (IPC); non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
OR Support and Documentation: Julita Gil
Operational research support, focal point outbreaks/epidemics, vaccination and vaccine preventable Diseases (VPD), infectious diseases, malaria and vector-borne diseases (VBD), sexual and reproductive health (SRH), sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and maternal health.