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LuxOR Operational Research Highlights 2018/2019

Research for Humanitarian Action: An Introduction

© Anna Pantelia/MSF

Research for Humanitarian Action: An Introduction

    THE SCIENCE OF DOING BETTER

    Operational research helps MSF to take an in-depth look at its programs 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 activities all over the world.

    LuxOR shares findings with the international MSF movement and partner organizations, and advocates for evidence-based policy and practice changes with local and international stakeholders.

    RESEARCH SUPPORT ON THE GROUND

    To strengthen research capacities and medical data collection and analysis, team members regularly support missions and projects. In 2018, LuxOR’s field visits included Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Guinea, Lebanon, Greece, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Partnering with the World Health Organization and The Union, LuxOR facilitated dedicated OR trainings in Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.

    OPEN ACCESS TO INVALUABLE EVIDENCE

    Operational research studies are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and the results remain openly available to researchers and the global humanitarian community. In 2018 alone, 95 MSF-supported studies were published covering 13 thematic areas, such as HIV and tuberculosis, infectious diseases, migration, or surgery and emergency care.

    TRANSLATING FINDINGS INTO ACTION

    Study findings reveal valuable evidence to improve programs and close gaps in the access to care throughout MSF’s projects. With a dedicated policy and practice strategy, LuxOR is working to move its research back into action, sharing key findings with operations and partners, planning for uptake, and measuring impact. Dossiers with dedicated policy and practice support in 2018 include trainings on the correct use of labor-inducing drugs in Pakistan, rolling-out an innovative environmental health toolkit in Zimbabwe, or improving rehabilitation for trauma patients in humanitarian settings.