We produce medical guidelines in a number of languages - including in French, Arabic and Spanish - for a number of different diseases and medical protocols. We also produce drug procurement guidelines, a list of essential medicines, and information for drug manufacturers on having their medicines qualified for use by MSF.
Medical guidelines for the field
We have been producing medical guidelines for more than 25 years to help medical practitioners in the field. These guidelines are based on scientific data collected from our experiences, alongside that of the World Health Organization (WHO), other renowned international medical institutions, and medical and scientific journals. They are the fruit of a collective effort by a group of experienced practitioners and known experts in their specialty. The guidelines are not only used by MSF, but also by other international health actors such as WHO and UNICEF. New guidelines are added regularly.
Medical Guidelines: Tuberculosis
Medical Guidelines: Essential drugs
Medical Guidelines: Essential obstetric and newborn care
MSF Field Research
We produce important research based on our field experience. So far, we have published articles in over 100 peer-reviewed journals. These articles have often changed clinical practice and have been used for humanitarian advocacy. All of these articles can be found on our dedicated Field Research website.
Medical and Procurement Guidelines
We attach the utmost importance to the quality of the medical products that are dispensed to patients. We have set up our own procurement centres, which are in charge of the purchase, storage and shipment of drugs, vaccines, medical material, and equipment needed for MSF to carry out our missions. Here you can find our principles and guidelines for MSF medical products qualification scheme and for medicine and products procurement. You will also find our policy for in-kind donations of medical products.
Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU)
Medical units throughout MSF consist of teams of experts that aim to improve the quality of our medical programmes worldwide. Part of the Medical Department of the Operational Centre in Brussels, our medical unit in Cape Town focuses on providing strategic, clinical and implementation support to various MSF projects with medical activities specifically related to HIV and TB. You can find all their research on a dedicated site, alongside info on training courses.
Within MSF, Epicentre provides epidemiological expertise to underpin our operations. It conducts research and training in support of our goal of providing medical aid in areas where people are affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or are otherwise excluded from healthcare. While Epicentre is part of the MSF movement and largely funded by MSF, it also has the freedom to pursue other projects that are aligned with Epicentre’s mission.
For 30 years, MSF has directly witnessed the human cost of the lack of drugs for neglected diseases and has raised its voice against this inequity. In 2003, seven organisations from around the world joined forces to establish the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). DNDi is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development organisation that develop new treatments for neglected diseases.