In the Central African Republic, Médecins Sans Frontières medical staff struggle to keep up with the paperwork associated with hundreds of children vaccinated in one day; in countries such as Mali, it remains a costly challenge to diagnose conditions such as malarial retinopathy.
Every year, MSF sets aside time to talk through innovations to address just such problems.
MSF staff from around the world gathered in London mid-May for the organization’s annual Scientific Days. The second day of the event is meant for staff to present the innovative practices or new tools MSF teams are using in their field operations to respond to various needs on the ground — such as increasing people’s access to mental health services or boosting efficiencies in local health centers’ disease surveillance.
MSF hopes the event will aid in information sharing of what's working in the field as well as create a feedback loop for innovations with the potential to scale within or outside the organization.