MSF Scientific Day 2015

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) helps deliver medical aid to those affected by epidemics, conflicts, natural disasters and more. This blog, originally posted on the MSF website, provides a snapshot of this year’s MSF Scientific Day.

Two days. Two countries. A worldwide audience.

MSF Scientific Day was live streamed on 7 and 8 May from London, UK, and New Delhi, India and watched by over 5,200 people from 115 countries. View all the videos, slides and posters from the day.

Key messages

  1. Public health response needs a mixed skillset with engagement of communities at its core
  2. The changing demographics of disease and refugees continue to challenge models of humanitarian response
  3. Ethics and evaluation are not just medical responsibilities but should be integral to all innovation projects
  4. We need to spend more time with the most vulnerable groups in our care and fill in knowledge gaps in the treatment of pregnant women and children

Innovation in MSF needs a cultural change around failure and the promotion of fluid interactions between key people.

Xisco Villalonga, panellist

Online discussion

We had tweets from all around the world: from our teams in Nigeria and Zimbabwe, to academics in Australia and Laos. Take a look at some of the highlights.

Thank you!

Thank you to the 5,200 people who joined us for MSF Scientific Day 2015. Your tweets, comments, questions and feedback made the day our best yet and will help us to improve for 2016.

Surveillance without the availability to act coherently and quickly in emerging epidemics is no more than stamp collecting.

Jeremy Farrar, keynote speaker
Wellcome Trust

Congratulations to Silvia Mancini and colleagues who were the winners of the inaugural MSF Scientific Day poster prize. Take a look at their poster.

The event is a collaborative effort and a special thanks goes to all our presenters, poster authors, chairs, speakers, editorial committees, volunteers, venues, and our sponsors. See you next year on 20 and 21 May.

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