The Manson Unit: MSF UK's medical support team

Patient Muhindo, an MSF nurse, prepares to dispense treatments to patients in Ikenge, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Caption
Patient Muhindo, an MSF nurse, prepares to dispense treatments to patients in Ikenge, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Manson Unit is a multi-disciplinary medical team that supports and enables MSF field projects, and drives improvements in public health policy and practice.

By prioritising person-centred care and working alongside communities, we develop highly contextualised, holistic evidence-based guidance.

We work with individuals and teams from across MSF to develop innovative ways to improve the experience of people in our care.

We partner with institutions committed to understanding how different forms of social injustice combine to damage people’s health.

By combining research and medical humanitarian experience, we help create opportunities for knowledge sharing, which in turn helps to shift understanding and practice across the professional landscapes of medical humanitarianism.

Our goal is to ensure MSF’s health interventions make a real difference for people and communities across the globe.

Sahr has been working with MSF since 1995, first as national staff and now as an expat. Sahr's position is that of the Supply and Logistics manager, previously has held different positions in logistics throughout other MSF projects and was acting head of mission in Guinea on one mission. It was originally by chance that Sahr came to work with MSF, there was a cholera outbreak during fighting in his home country - he started with MSF then to try and help but he got hooked - he says there is much more to MSF, it’s not the money that matters, it’s much more behind what you are doing - saving lives. Sahr says the Doro project is challenging but it is quite typical of an MSF project - supporting refugees and looking after huge numbers of people. The camp currently has approximately 52,000 occupants.

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It’s time to go home. Esther is discharged from Nsanje District Hospital with support from MSF staff in Malawi. She was diagnosed with advanced HIV.
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An MSF medic gets dressed into personal protective equipment before entering the high-risk zone of the Ebola Transit Centre in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2019.
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