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dc.contributor.authorZachariah, R
dc.contributor.authorFord, N
dc.contributor.authorDraguez, B
dc.contributor.authorYun, O
dc.contributor.authorReid, T
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.
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
refterms.dateFOA2019-03-04T10:48:29Z
html.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.


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