MSF Scientific Day: Innovative approaches & technology in humanitarian action

MSF Scientific Day: Innovative approaches & technology in humanitarian action

MSF Scientific Day will take place on 7 & 8 May 2015 and will be streamed live online.  Read the agenda for 7 May below.  Click here to view the agenda for 8 May.  All timings are in UK time. 

MSF Scientific Day - innovative approaches and technology in humanitarian action

9.20 - 9.30 Welcome and Introduction - Arjan Hehenkamp, General Director, MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam

Session 1

9.30 - 10.00 Keynote Speech

Data…big and small
Keynote: Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor at The Economist

10.00 - 11.05 Uncharted territory: mapping for humanitarian responses
Liz Hughes, Chief Executive, MapAction

  • The Missing Maps project: from community engagement to humanitarian response
    Pete Masters, MSF
  • A Geographical Information System for MSF operational needs
    Sylvie de la Borderie, CARTONG, Chambery, France
  • Mobilisation of local people and technology in mapping for the Sierra Leone Ebola epidemic response
    Laura Nic Lochlainn, MSF

11.05 - 11.30 Morning Break

Session 2

11.30 - 13.00 The long view: innovation in meeting chronic health needs
Chair: Fouad M. Fouad, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

  • A potential revolution in type 1 diabetes care: heat stability of insulin in tropical conditions
    Beatrice Kaufmann, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Geneva, University of Lausanne, Geneva, Switzerland
  • “It’s not just about giving the drugs”: medication adherence clubs for HIV and non-communicable disease patients in an informal setting in Kibera, Kenya
    Emilie Venables, MSF
  • Meeting the health needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan: a novel model for non-communicable disease care in a refugee setting
    Jon Gunnarsson, MSF
  • Chronic non-communicable disease care in an atypical refugee setting: Syrian refugees in North Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley
    Philippa Boulle, MSF

13.00 - 14.00  Lunch

Session 3

14.00 - 14.30 Demonstration session
 Andrej Verity, Disaster Responder and Information Management Officer, UNOCHA

  • Jitmeet: high quality telemedicine in a low infrastructure setting
    Oswaldo Saumet, MSF
  • Learning and development in Afghanistan: an online tool
    Lieke van Gompel, MSF
  • Graspeo: an agile knowledge management system for MSF
    Jorge Mazuze, MSF & Denis Gillet, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

14.30 - 15.00 Panel Discussion

Chair: Andrej Verity, Disaster Responder and Information Management Officer, UNOCHA
Speakers: TBC

15.00 - 15.30 Afternoon break

Session 4

15.30 - 17.00 Innovation in extreme environments
Robin Vincent-Smith, Programme, Change & Knowledge Manager, MSF, Brussels, Belgium

  • New technology for an old disease: unmanned aerial vehicles for tuberculosis sample transport in Papua New Guinea
    Isaac Chikwanha, MSF & Eric Pujo, MSF
  • The Niger REFRESH borehole project: a paradigm change
    Jean Yves Nuttinck, MSF
  • Project ELEOS: a barcode / handheld-computer based solution for Ebola Management Centres
    Manuel Silva Gallego, MSF
  • A tablet-based clinical management tool: building technology for Ebola Management Centres
    Ivan Gayton, MSF

17.00 - 17.15 Closing remarks - Kiran Jobanputra, Deputy Head of Manson Unit, MSF UK


Editorial Commitee

We are very grateful to our MSF Scientific Day editorial committee drawn from across MSF and Google

Isaac Chikwanha (MSF), Steve Crossan (Google), Ivan Gayton (MSF), Jorge Mazuze (MSF), Megan McGuire (MSF),  Guillermo Martínez Pérez (MSF),  Oswaldo Saumet (MSF), Maya Shah (MSF), Ruby Siddiqui (MSF), Marpe Tanaka (MSF), Marta Vila (MSF), Robin Vincent-Smith (MSF)

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