Operational Research News
Fear, guilt and solitude in Belgian retirement homes during the pandemic
Hidden behind protective gear and strict confinement measures, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health and wellbeing of health workers, caregivers, and residents alike.
Early mobilization in post-operative care in Cameroon
At the Regional Hospital Maroua in the Far North Region of Cameroon Humanity & Inclusion (HI), MSF, and the Karolinska Institutet are piloting a new physiotherapy assessment tool to help patients regain independence as part of an operational research project.
South Africa, Bangladesh, Greece, Guinea, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greece, 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.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
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.
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.
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.