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MSF Scientific Days London 2018: Innovation agenda

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MSF Scientific Day Research took place on 25 May.

Welcome and introduction - humanitarian innovation

09:00 Welcome: Abiy Tamrat (MC), Medical Technologies Analyst, MSF

Keynote speaker: Ben Ramalingam, Leader of the Digital & Technology Cluster at Institute of Development Studies

Session one - People-powered innovation

09:40 Chair: Nan Buzard, Head of Innovation, ICRC

  • Social mapping in Malawi: involving humanitarian aid beneficiaries in decision-making during the response to an emergency
  • Feasibility of biochar briquettes as a household fuel by internally displaced populations: assessment in Pulka and Gwoza towns, Nigeria




Session two - Energy, environment and health

11:20 Chair: Peter Young, Director, Arup

  • Sustainable off-grid oxygen concentration using direct solar power
  • Are there health hazards from disinfection byproducts in humanitarian water? Findings from a MSF water treatment plant, Palorinya, Uganda
  • Challenging traditional energy solutions: an innovative approach in Kenema Paediatric Hospital, Sierra Leone


12:20 Demonstration elevator pitches

Lunch and demonstration sessions 


  • Use of $1 bicycle lights for visualising veins in newborns with difficult intravenous access
  • Simulation of personalised virtual reality to strengthen medical communication skills in consultations on sexual violence
  • Epimap, a dynamic mapping tool quickly deployable to support MSF outbreak response
  • MSF REACH (REaction Assessment Collaboration Hub), an online innovative platform to identify emergency needs and tailor timely responses
  • Sherlog – making every field LOG more autonomous by providing a platform allowing transversal collaborative support
  • Redesigning the field hospital handover process
  • Field information technology (FICT) Infrastructure
  • Open source data analytics with the R Epidemics consortium - finding your way through the data forest
  • Unique patient ID systems through biometrics
  • Mobile unit surgical trailer
  • Lean chemical weapons decontamination kit

Session three - Cheap enough, good enough, safe enough?

14:20 Chair: Armand Sprecher, Public Health Specialist, MSF

  • Failure of an innovative low-cost, non-invasive thermotherapy device in treating cutaneous leishmaniasis in Pakistan
  • Identifying optimal care for hepatitis C and overcoming barriers to scale-up: MSF pilot programme
  • Monitoring of antimalarial drug efficacy using routine data
  • Feasibility of training MSF clinical officers in point-of-care ultrasound for paediatric respiratory diseases in Aweil, South Sudan




Session four - A focus on Syria and adapting technology for conflict and remote settings

16:15 Chair: Ahmed Tarakji, President, Syrian American Medical Society

  • Electronic Registry Books: using mobile data entry to monitor healthcare use in Busra Hospital, Syria
  • Smartphone based, real-time telemedicine for the management of neurological emergencies: a field-based quality improvement initiative
  • Evaluating 3D technologies for upper limb prosthesis design, Amman, Jordan
  • Assessing healthcare needs in an inaccessible conflict zone: remote surveying in southern Syria


Closing remarks

17:35 Closing remarks: Kiran Jobanputra, Head of the Manson Unit, MSF UK

MSF Scientific Days 2018: Research agenda