A PEEK into MSF's field-led innovations

MSF staff using JennerX, a tablet-based application for mass vaccinations. Photo by: Médecins Sans Frontières

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.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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