The MSF Scientific Days International conference is a platform for researchers, innovators, and advocates in humanitarian global health to come together to discuss and challenge research from within the sector.

MSF Scientific Days 2024

A Conference Without Borders | Thursday 16 May 2024

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9:30 | Welcome and Introduction: Natalie Roberts, MSF

9:45 | Session 1: From trials to tools: solutions for humanitarian health

Chair: Cordelia Lonsdale, Elrha
Co-Chair: Claire Rieux, MSF

Malaria Anticipation Project: development of a predictive malaria early warning system for anticipatory action in Jonglei State, South Sudan
Tom Wardley, Arup and Kim West, MSF

Antibiogo as an innovative solution to detect antimicrobial resistance: from an operational need to a CE-marked diagnostic test available for low-income and middle-income countries
Nada Malou, MSF

Once-weekly fosravuconazole versus daily itraconazole, with surgery, in eumycetoma patients in Sudan: a randomised, double-blind, phase 2, proof-of-concept superiority trial
Ahmed Fahal, Mycetoma Research Center

Application of the Médecins Sans Frontières clinical trial transparency policy: cost analysis of TB-PRACTECAL, a multicentre phase 2–3 trial in drug-resistant tuberculosis
Dzintars Gotham, MSF


11:10 | BreakShape

11:40 | Session 2: Targeting treatment: right people, right drugs, right dose   

Chair: Nubwa Medugu, Nile University of Nigeria
Co-Chair: Olimpia De la Rosa, MSF                      

Prognostic models predicting clinical outcomes in patients diagnosed with visceral leishmaniasis: a systematic review
James Wilson, University of Oxford

Towards an arsenic-free oral treatment for human African trypanosomiasis due to T.b. rhodesiense: a new tool for disease elimination
Elisabeth Baudin, Epicentre

Evaluation of an IS2404 LAMP protocol, a simple and rapid test for diagnosis of Buruli ulcer in low-resource settings
Astrid Erber, Medical University of Vienna

Improving treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis: results of the endTB randomised clinical trial
Lorenzo Guglielmetti, MSF


13:05 | Lunch

14:05 | Keynote speech: Famine: what's in a name?

Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation, Tufts University

14:35 | Session 3: Mortality estimates – more than just counting deaths?

Chair: Leslie Robert, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Co-Chair: Bern-Thomas Nyang’wa, MSF        

Morbidity patterns and factors associated with mortality in the Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre in Abs General Hospital, Yemen: an unmatched case-control study
Su Lan Yang, MSF

War in Gaza: scenario-based excess mortality projections
Zeina Jamaluddine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Panel discussion

Augustin Gang Karume, Rebuild Hope for Africa
Su Lan Yang, MSF
Sophie Masson, Epicentre
Zeina Jamaluddine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineShape    

15:50 | BreakShape

16:20 | Session 4: Advancements in outbreak response: protecting pregnancy, people, populations

Chair: Cheikh Tidiane Diagne, Institute Pastuer of Dakar
Co-Chair: Catherine Van Overloop, MSF

Case-area targeted interventions to rapidly contain the spread of cholera: a prospective observational study in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Flavio Finger, Epicentre

A novel personal protective equipment for filovirus outbreaks: a usability study under simulated field conditions
Claire Dorion, MSF

Safety of hepatitis E vaccine in pregnancy: emulating a target trial following a mass reactive vaccination campaign in South Sudan
Etienne Gignoux, Epicentre


17:20 | Closing Remarks: Natalie Roberts MSF



Attacks on healthcare in Syria: qualitative and quantitative exploration of the impacts on health

A different way of exploring strength and agency of TB patients: a case of photo elicitation in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan

MSF Scientific Days provides a unique platform for researchers, healthcare professionals, and global health experts to share their findings, exchange ideas, and collaborate on innovative solutions to the world's most pressing health challenges.

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Abstracts submission is now closed for MSF Scientific Days 2024

Highlights from our 2023 event

Our 2023 event showcased research conducted by MSF, its partners and beyond, and featured four sessions on topics ranging from tuberculosis and operational strategies to reproductive health and outbreaks. Some of the emerging themes were:

Finally, two noteworthy studies from our partners were presented which we want to highlight:

Epicentre’s  Estelle Pasquier on the high severity of abortion complications in fragile and conflict-affected settings, and DNDi’s Alexandra Solomos on a shorter, safer treatment for visceral leishmaniasis.

MSF Scientific Days International 2023

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MSF Asia Scientific Day 2022

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MSF Scientific Day Southern Africa – Zimbabwe

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