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MSF Scientific Days London 2018: Research agenda

MSF Scientific Day Research will take place on 24 May. All timings are in BST (British Summer time).

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Welcome and introduction to medical research from the frontline

09:00 MC: Kiran Jobanputra, Head of Manson Unit and Vickie Hawkins, Executive Director, MSF UK

Session one - Chronic challenges, new approaches 

Chair: Nelly Mugo, Head, Sexual Reproductive Adolescent Child Health - Research Program at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

  • Improving tuberculosis case finding in Malawian prisons: implementation of systematic screening
  • Successful implementation of HIV self-testing in rural Shiselweni, Swaziland
  • Provision of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis for female sex workers and men who have sex with men in Beira, Mozambique
  • Integration of diabetes care and associated costs: MSF experience in Democratic Republic of Congo and Swaziland
  • Palliative care for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis: case description




Session two - Surviving pregnancy, birth and the first 1000 days

11:20 Chair: Edna Adan Ismail, midwife and founder of the non-profit Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland

  • “Hoping for life while fearing death” - barriers and enablers to reproductive healthcare in Dollo zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia: qualitative study
  • Pregnancy and Ebola: survival outcomes for pregnant women admitted to MSF Ebola treatment centres in the West Africa outbreak
  •  Maternal factors associated with perinatal mortality: the 1000 Days cohort study, rural Niger
  • “They share more than we think they are sharing”: a mixed-methods evaluation of post-natal clubs in South Africa




Session three - Violence, displacement and risk: populations under pressure


Keynote and panel - Climate change, environmental health and humanitarian aid

Chair: David McCoy, Professor of Global Public Health at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University London (QMUL) 

Keynote: Adil Najam, Inaugural Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University; Professor of International Relations and Earth & Environment

Panel discussion: David McCoy, Adil Najam, Carol Devine - MSF Toronto, Lachlan McIver - Access Campaign


  • Morbidity and occupational risks among factory workers in an urban slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh: retrospective analysis
  • High levels of mortality, violence and distress: impact of the Syrian conflict on displaced people in Ein Issa camp, northeast Syria
  • Using medical data for political change – case study: Rohingya people in Bangladesh




Session four - Data driving operational and policy responses

16:00 Chair: Barbara Bannister, Honorary consultant; Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust

  • Effectiveness of combination therapy with liposomal amphotericin B and miltefosine for visceral leishmaniasis in HIV coinfection: DNDi/MSF strategy for policy change in East Africa
  • Real-time analysis of the diphtheria outbreak amongst forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh
  • Protective effectiveness of seasonal malaria chemoprevention in Niger: a prospective case-control study
  • Single-dose oral ciprofloxacin prophylaxis in response to a meningococcal meningitis epidemic in the African meningitis belt: three-arm cluster-randomized trial


Closing remarks

17:30 Closing remarks: Kiran Jobanputra, Head of the Manson Unit, MSF UK

MSF Scientific Days 2018: Innovation agenda