Adapting MSF's sexual violence care training approach to middle eastern contexts: what does this mean in practice?
This article shares the learnings of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s experience of adapting its sexual violence care training for its staff and missions in the Middle East and North Africa...
The war in Ukraine acts as a catalyst for the resurgence of xenophobic discourse thought to be forgotten, especially when they are hiding behind selective solidarity. Two specialists from Médecins...
Humanitarian corridors in Ukraine: the illusion of an ideal solution
Françoise Duroch, Maelle L'Homme10.03.2022
"Humanitarian corridor". In just a few days, these two words have become a common theme in public speeches about Ukraine, evoking the illusion of an ideal solution to the suffering of people trapped ...
Sexual abuse perpetrated by humanitarian workers: from moral relativism to competitive victimhood
Drawing on the example of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Françoise Duroch and Emmanuel Noyer review the measures taken by the non-governmental organisation (NGO) to combat sexual violence. The...
Should we discriminate in order to act? Profiling: a necessary but debated practice
In October 2020, MSF organised a workshop in Dakar on staff profiling in operations in the Sahel. Profiling involves the selection of staff based on non-professional criteria, including nationality,...
Vaccination: A Matter of Trust, with Caveats
Duncan McLean, Françoise Duroch16.01.2021
The palpable relief being felt by many over the accelerating approvals of apparently safe and efficient Covid-19 vaccines is hardly surprising. But away from triumphalist headlines, partially satiric ...
«Vivement le nouveau vaccin, qu’on puisse le refuser»
A l’aube des premières campagnes de vaccination contre la Covid-19, une formule a largement circulé sur les réseaux sociaux, en substance: «Vivement la sortie d’un nouveau vaccin, qu’on...
Tough choices: moral challenges experienced by aid workers during the Covid-19 pandemic
Françoise Duroch, Miriam Kasztura23.07.2020
The truly unprecedented nature of the pandemic has mobilised and confused humanitarian NGOs and their staff as much. Forced inaction mixed with setting up programmes within a context of high...
International aid in the Covid era: the need for transparency
Duncan McLean, Françoise Duroch11.06.2020
The scale and spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the large number of deaths it has caused, have created a toxic mix of rumour and innuendo – further complicating aid operations that...
L’épidémiologie, le chaînon manquant des curriculums scolaires
Coronavirus today, Ebola yesterday, the epidemiology of infectious diseases remains an unknown for the population and is not taught much in primary and secondary schools, notes Françoise Duroch of...
Care for victims of sexual violence, an organization pushed to its limits: The case of Médecins Sans Frontières
Over the past ten years, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided medical care to almost 118,000 victims of sexual violence. Integrating related care into MSF general assistance to populations...
Attacks on medical missions: overview of a polymorphous reality: the case of Médecins Sans Frontières
Caroline Abu-Sada, Françoise Duroch2014
The aim of this article is to carry out a preliminary analysis of issues relating to the types of violence that are directed against humanitarian medical missions.