2018 marks the fourth MSF Scientific Days Southern Africa, where we promote debate and exchange evidence that underpins our medical humanitarian operations. This year's Scientific Day take place on 6th July in Eswatini.
Launched in 2004 in London, MSF Scientific Days aim to connect audiences – across countries, organisations, specialties, and disciplines – to promote debate and exchange around the evidence underpinning our medical humanitarian operations. Valuable exchanges with partner organisations, medical and policy audiences help guide our field operations, influence policy and ultimately improve the quality of care for our patients.
MSF field teams are asked to submit abstracts that reflect operational research being conducted across a range of medical specialities. All abstracts must have both local and MSF ethical approval to be accepted. Final selection is made by editorial committees comprised of academics, researchers and medical practitioners.
MSF Scientific Day Southern Africa was held for the first time in 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe and since then events have been held in Johannesburg, South Africa and in Blantyre, Malawi. Last year MSF staff, researchers and Ministry of Health colleagues came together to share challenges faced in the fields of HIV, infectious disease and providing medical care in the context of the Syrian Crisis. This year, MSF Scientific Days have taken place in London, New Delhi and today in Eswatini where we hope to share with you the successes and challenges brought to us by our field teams over the last year.
More information on this year's Scientific Days can be found here: www.msf.org.uk/scientific-days-southern-africa. You can read all the abstracts for presentations here.