Operational research (OR) has become a hot topic at national meetings, international conferences and donor fora. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Operational Centre Brussels strongly promote and implement OR with colleagues in low- and middle income countries.

This article describes how the two organisations define OR, and explains the guiding principles and methodology that underpin the strategy for developing and expanding OR in those countries.

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The Union and MFS Approach to Operational Research