Conducting operational research within a non governmental organization: the example of Medecins Sans Frontieres

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/302802
Title:
Conducting operational research within a non governmental organization: the example of Medecins Sans Frontieres
Authors:
Zachariah, R; Ford, N; Draguez, B; Yun, O; Reid, T
Journal:
International Health
Abstract:
Like many other non governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide assistance to vulnerable populations living in difficult and resource-limited settings, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is confronted with situations for which proven, effective interventions are often lacking and/or where there is need for strong advocacy for improving medical care. As a result, MSF has become an important contributor to health research, and has dedicated resources to guide operational research by establishing its own Ethics Review Board, an innovation fund, an online publications repository and by regularly contributing to major scientific conferences. However, this increased research activity has led to concern that priorities and resources may be diverted away from the essential mandate of care provision for NGOs. In response, this article discusses the potential role operational research can play within medical NGOs such as MSF, and highlights the relevance of operational research, the essential elements of developing it within the organisation and some of the perceived barriers and solutions.
Affiliation:
Médecins Sans Frontières, Medical Department (Brussels Operational Centre- Operational Research), 68 Rue de Gasperich, L-1617, Luxembourg.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Issue Date:
2-Mar-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/302802
DOI:
10.1016/j.inhe.2009.12.008
PubMed ID:
24037043
Language:
en
ISSN:
1876-3413
Appears in Collections:
Research Methods

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorZachariah, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorFord, Nen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDraguez, Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorYun, Oen_GB
dc.contributor.authorReid, Ten_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-05T16:07:27Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-05T16:07:27Z-
dc.date.issued2010-03-02-
dc.identifier.citationConducting operational research within a non governmental organization: the example of Medecins Sans Frontieres. 2010, 2 (1):1-8 Int Healthen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1876-3413-
dc.identifier.pmid24037043-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.inhe.2009.12.008-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/302802-
dc.description.abstractLike many other non governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide assistance to vulnerable populations living in difficult and resource-limited settings, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is confronted with situations for which proven, effective interventions are often lacking and/or where there is need for strong advocacy for improving medical care. As a result, MSF has become an important contributor to health research, and has dedicated resources to guide operational research by establishing its own Ethics Review Board, an innovation fund, an online publications repository and by regularly contributing to major scientific conferences. However, this increased research activity has led to concern that priorities and resources may be diverted away from the essential mandate of care provision for NGOs. In response, this article discusses the potential role operational research can play within medical NGOs such as MSF, and highlights the relevance of operational research, the essential elements of developing it within the organisation and some of the perceived barriers and solutions.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren_GB
dc.rightsPublished by Elsevier Archived on this site with the kind permission of Elsevier Ltd. ([url]http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00359203[/url]) and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene ([url]http://www.rstmh.org/transactions.asp[/url])en_GB
dc.subjectOperational Researchen_GB
dc.titleConducting operational research within a non governmental organization: the example of Medecins Sans Frontieresen
dc.contributor.departmentMédecins Sans Frontières, Medical Department (Brussels Operational Centre- Operational Research), 68 Rue de Gasperich, L-1617, Luxembourg.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalInternational Healthen_GB
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