© Shannon Jensen
22 Sep 16 13 Feb 19

About The Manson Unit

The Manson Unit is our UK-based team of medical specialists who work to improve the quality of MSF’s medical work and to achieve change on major medical issues in humanitarian settings.

Established in 2003 The Manson Unit is named after the father of modern tropical medicine, Sir Patrick Manson.

We're made up of:

  • medical doctors
  • epidemiologists
  • laboratory specialists
  • a GIS (geographical information systems) officer
  • and a medical editor.

We focus on making developments in the management of medical issues such as:

We then help MSF projects by putting these development into practice. We also monitor how we implement them and document what we learn.

Medical innovation

Recently we focused on implementing and improving TB screening and treatment in MSF projects. We've

  • integrated treatment for drug-resistant TB into all MSF medical operations
  • provided HIV and TB care in unstable settings
  • and improved and advocated for the treatment of TB in children.

Current projects

Our current projects include:

  • Initiating and developing MSF medical programmes to treat drug-resistant TB
  • Managing a medical data surveillance system
  • Using GIS to strengthen response to outbreaks of disease and management of MSF medical programmes
  • Providing epidemiological support and research into implementing treatment for an outbreak of lead poisoning in Nigeria
  • Supporting improvements in the quality of MSF medical programmes through operational research, mathematical modelling and evidence-based decision-making.

UK health expertise

We're based in the UK to take advantage of:

  • the diversity of expertise in international health
  • humanitarian organisations
  • academic research.


Our academic collaborations with institutions such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Imperial College London help us find solutions to medical and research problems in our projects.


The UK is also home to many important medical, media and political players who are influential in shaping international health policy. So our location allows MSF to advocate funding, research and political attention for neglected medical issues faced by the patients and populations we assist.

Staying in touch

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

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