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Friends of MSF National Conference

We regret to announce that due to the corona virus outbreak, this year's Friends of MSF National Conference has been cancelled

This is our inspiring flagship annual student event, where representatives from all of our student supporter groups from across the UK and Ireland come together to hear from other FoMSF groups, learn more about the work of MSF and discuss key issues in humanitarianism and global health. 

This event is open to all of our official Friends of MSF student supporter groups. We expect all groups to be represented.


The agenda is looking amazing, with a talk from our President of the board, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim and ethicist Julian Sheather, as well as a field nurse, doctor and health promoter and sessions on the criminalisation of aid, ethical dilemmas in the field, mental health, family planning, the access campaign, career advice and potentially the role of the logisticians and health promoters. Plus lots of opportunity to socialise, swap ideas and even take part in the chilli challenge!

08.30 - 09.00: Registration
09.00 - 09.15: Introductions and Ice Breaker Activity
09.15 - 10.00: KEYNOTE: Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, President of MSF UK Board: MSF Today
10.00 - 10.45: Friends of MSF groups present successes of 2019-2020 and upcoming plans
10.45 - 11.00: Morning Break
11.00 - 12.15: Julian Sheather, Medical Ethicist: Humanitarian action in the modern world: Challenges and Dilemmas. (Interactive session)
12.15 - 13.00: Friends of MSF groups present successes of 2019-2020 and upcoming plans
13.00 - 13.45: Lunch
13.45 - 15.15: Life in the Field with MSF – Scarlett Brannigan (Nurse), Amreet Battu (Doctor) and Mohamed Camara (health promoter)
15.15 - 16.15: Breakout sessions. Choose one from list below.
16.15 - 16.25: Afternoon break
16.25 - 17.25: Breakout Sessions repeated. Choose another from list below. 
17.25 - 17.30: Closing business and on to the pub!

Breakout Session options

  • Critical Decisions in the Field: The Role of an MSF Logistician (Daniel Campbell, MSF Logistician)
  • Working for MSF: Your Questions Answered (Claire Lubert, HR Officer and Fran Miller, Psychologist) 
  • Making a Difference: A Digital Campaigning Workshop (Kathryn Dalziel, Social Media Officer)
  • Family Planning programmes at MSF (Dr Helen Bygrave)
  • Ethical Challenges in Humanitarian Practice (James Smith, Humanitarian Affairs Adviser)


We can help with the cost of your travel and accommodation for those committee members coming from outside London.  Further details are included in your invitation email. 


Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Garrod Building, Turner Street, Whitechapel

London, E1 2AD

United Kingdom