As well as providing vital medical assistance for populations in need, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) bears witness to the plight of the people we assist, and advocates on their behalf.

Research generates evidence that helps us improve the effectiveness and quality of the medical care that we deliver, as well as convincing others to take action.

MSF research addresses urgent medical and humanitarian issues

MSF research focuses on the challenges of delivering medical humanitarian assistance to populations affected by conflict, natural disasters and lack of access to healthcare. Research topics include treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical diseases and mental healthcare. Research published by MSF is archived, free to access, on the MSF Field Research website.

HIV: an example of how MSF led changes in global healthcare

Our interactive HIV timeline tells the history of MSF’s success in enabling communities affected by HIV to take control of their own care. It highlights how MSF developed a new approach to treating HIV in resource-poor settings, and the research evidence that influenced a shift in global HIV health-care policy.

The Manson Unit: our UK team of medical specialists

The Manson Unit is our UK-based team of medical specialists who conduct research as well as providing medical and technical support to MSF programmes. Their expertise focuses on critical areas of medical healthcare relevant to the populations MSF serves, such as TB, HIV/AIDS, outbreaks of infectious diseases and environmental contamination.

Keep up to date with MSF’s research publications and latest news

Our published research has led to significant changes in policy and clinical practice. By focussing on the needs of the patients we treat, and addressing challenges relevant to our field operations, we seek to ensure the research we do delivers real benefits for our patients. Read about some of our most recent research and what we’ve been doing to help patients with tuberculosis.

Weekly round-up of global health articles

If you would like to stay informed about MSF research publications you can subscribe to our weekly MSF Global Health Press Review, which highlights MSF and other global health articles and news stories of interest.

MSF research on Twitter

For the latest updates on research issues in and around MSF, follow us on @MSFsci.

MSF’s annual Scientific Day

Once a year we hold a conference to present scientific research carried out in our programmes around the world. We stream the event live online - in 2013, 2,000 people watched from 92 countries. Visit the MSF Scientific Day webpage for more information.


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