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Operational Research Day 2021

    The OR Day is an event dedicated to sharing the latest operational research findings and exploring strategies for evidence-based policy and practice change. Hosted by MSF’s operational research unit LuxOR, the South Africa Medical Unit SAMU, and the MSF Operational Centre OCB in Brussels every year in late spring, the OR Day brings together researchers, medical professionals, and field staff from MSF and partner organizations.

    The OR Day 2021 was held online on 4 June 2021, within the annual MSF OCB Gathering. Watch the full recording and view presentations by clicking on their title on the agenda below.


    Masters of Ceremonies: Marc Biot, Robin Vincent-Smith

    10:30 - OPENING REMARKS - Marc Biot, Director of Operations MSF OCB

    10:35 - 12:05 - PRESENTATIONS

    Addressing stigma in people living with drug-resistant tuberculosis in India – a Photovoice study
    A video by Taanya Mathur - Patient Support Activity Manager

    Challenging drug-resistantTB treatment journey for children, adolescents and their care-givers: a qualitative study 

    Mrinalini Das - Deputy Medical Coordinator (Epidemiologist)

    How can you measure what you can’t define? A qualitative study exploring community engagement at Médecins Sans Frontières

    Gabrielle Schittecatte - Spinco Project and Promotion Officer

    Overcoming lockdowns through digitalizing health promotio​n

    A video by Jakub Hein - Digital Health Promotion Unit Coordinator 

    The Past, Present and Future of Safe Abortion Care in MSF OCB: a multi-centric sequential mixed-methods analysis, 2018 - 2020

    Ann Van Haver - MIO Midwife

    Using Facebook to find patients who have disengaged from HIV services, and linking them back to care in Khayelitsha, South Africa

    Damien Hacking - eHealth Activities Manager

    12:05 - 12:15 - PANEL DISCUSSIONS

    12:15 to 12:30 - Q/A AND CLOSING REMARKS - Sebastian Spencer, Medical Director MSF OCB



    OR Day 2021 - Agenda and Presenters

    Presentations will focus on persisting challenges in TB care, lessons learned on SAC, understanding community engagement at MSF better and digitalization of Health Promotion.