A PEEK into MSF's field-led innovations

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 31 May 2016

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 is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

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