Working in a prison in Myanmar: Médecins Sans Frontières’ experience working in Insein prison
Working in a prison for a humanitarian organisation is not easy, particularly because of the specific characteristics of such places. Médecins Sans Frontières’ experience working in Insein...
Humanitarian work in prisons: the experience of Médecins Sans Frontières
Humanitarian action by NGOs in detention centres is quite rare and poorly documented. Despite the fact that prisoners are among those who have the least access to quality health care services, MSF...
Haiti: Between Emergency and Reconstruction: An inadequate response
Authored by Jean-Marc Biquet, this paper focuses on the failure of the aid system in Haiti. The country has been struck by two disasters in a row: the January 2010 earthquake and a cholera epidemic...
Aid and Quality, Haiti: The limits of the "Aid System"
The present article looks at the 2010 aid efforts in Haiti, a year in which 2 events resulted in massive humanitarian crisis. The first, the January 2010 earthquake, triggered overwhelming...
Militär-Humanitär Eine Beziehung voller Spannungen
In accordance with its Charter, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides assistance to populations in distress, among them the sick and the wounded in conflict zones. Yet MSF’s presence in war...
Them and Us
Aid providers have attempted to deliver help to those injured on the battlefield, regardless of their allegiances, since the establishment of the Red Cross. As a result, international humanitarian...
Humanitarian Stakes No.1: Humanitarian Borders
Humanitarian Stakes No.1 is a compilation of articles prepared by the panellists who participated in a day of conferences debates on “Humanitarian Borders” in Geneva on 13 December 2007....
Myanmar: la situation sanitaire est catastrophique
Myanmar ist ein besonders schwieriges Umfeld für die humanitäre Aktion von Ärzte ohne Grenzen: Der Zugang zu den Bedürftigen ist “um den Preis einer ständigen Gratwanderung zwischen der...
RDC. Ituri, zone de non-droit
Militaires-Humanitaires: une relation difficile
In this article, Jean-Marc Biquet discusses the use of humanitarian action as a justification for military intervention. He stresses the incompatibility of mandates between humanitarians and...
Non à la confusion des rôles entre militaires et humanitaires
A peace army in Belgium. NGOs supervised by the U.S. military in Iraq. The impartiality of humanitarians is at stake. And victims may be subject to discrimination.
MSF: l’action humanitaire en Irak ne doit pas avoir d’"agenda caché"
As part of the preparations for the war in Iraq, a "humanitarian component" is currently being organized by the U.S. government and the military. In this article, Jean-Marc Biquet expresses ...