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The MSF Foundation

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MSF physiotherapist Birgit Schönharting works with a patient being treated for a snake bite. South Sudan. 2020  

Developing rehabiliation care

Implementing new rehabilitation practices in pediatrics, for burn patients and in women’s health in MSF fields

Physiotherapy has been part of MSF activities for years, mostly regarding trauma and burns. The MSF Foundation launched in 2017 the 3D printing project and advance practice in rehabilitation for burn faces and upper limb prosthetics. In coordination with ops and medical team in MSF, the MSF Foundation will develop new activities and  support initiatives from the field to better integrate physiotherapy in our offer of care, especially regarding pediatrics, women health and burn rehabilitation.

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our other projects

  • UneAIforCC


    The MSF Foundation and its partners will conduct -upon ethical board validation of MSF and Malawian authorities- this clinical study in Malawi as part of MSF's program for care of women with cervical cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the screening program in Blantyre health centers. 

  • ImageUneAntibiogoGde


    Antibiogo is a diagnostic aid medical device that aims to help doctors prescribe the most effective antibiotics to their patients. It is available as a free, open source and offline Android application. It allows non-expert laboratory technicians to measure and interpret antibiograms. It provides accurate results that can also be used for monitoring purposes and updating empirical treatments based on actual etiology.

  • ImageUne3D

    3D Programm

    The use of 3D technology makes it possible for the best experts to remotely design upper limb prostheses and compression orthoses using digital impressions of face and neck burns of patients treated by MSF in Jordan, Haiti, and Gaza.

  • UneDiatropix

    RDTs : Measles and meningitis

    DiaTROPIX is a new platform for the development and production of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) at the Institut Pasteur in Dakar. This non-profit initiative aims to produce new rapid diagnostic tests that can be made available in countries where access to laboratory diagnosis is low or non-existent. 
    The MSF Foundation is financing and supporting the development by DiaTROPIX of two new RDTs for measles and meningitis. These two diseases with high epidemic potential represent a real public health problem in countries in which MSF conducts medical programmes, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

  • UneAlerteEpidemie


    Alert-Epidemics is an alert processing and notification system to detect and respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases in precarious situations, including measles, meningitis, cholera and Covid19.

  • SmsAfyayetu


    A program designed to enable people living with a chronic disease, particularly those with medical or social vulnerabilities, to quickly identify and report problems that could lead to a lack of follow-up in their treatment or a deterioration of their state of health. 

  • Mini-Lab


    The purpose of the Mini-Lab project is to design and produce a small-scale, autonomous, transportable clinical bacteriology laboratory which is affordable and above all suited to the MSF’s fields of intervention. This concept, developed by MSF with its partners, is also intended to be made available to health care operators in countries with limited resources. The Mini-Lab project hosted by MSF has been able to benefit from other funding mechanisms and the Foundation has been able to redirect its funding to other emerging initiatives. 


  • Thanks to Antibiogo, any microbiology laboratory technician, anywhere in LMIC, will be able to read and interpret an antibiogram directly on their telephone and know the resistance profile of the bacteria responsible for patient infection.
    Nada Malou
    Dr Nada Malou
    Antibiogo Program ManagerThe MSF Foundation
  • Although there is a surveillance system coordinated by the Nigerien Ministry of Health, it is dysfunctional due to its paper-based format and the long distances that health workers must travel in difficult terrain to submit their surveillance reports. To improve this system and enable it to deploy its response more quickly, the Ministry turned to the MSF Foundation.
    NatalieRoberts DEF
    Natalie Roberts
    Program Manager Alerte EpidémiesMSF Foundation
  • Thanks to a clinical questionnaire, I identify and analyze the needs and expectations of each patient prior to the manufacturing process. This is a long but essential step in the design of prostheses adapted to the specificities of each patient.
    Pierre Moreau
    Pierre Moreau
    3D Programm Manager3D programm
  • It was to democratize microbiological expertise that the idea of using an app and doing the interpretation directly in the laboratory was raised in 2017, and thus Antibiogo was born.
    Nada Malou
    Dr Nada Malou
    Manager of the Antibiogo projectThe MSF Foundation
  • We first met Irina at an online working group meeting, where she started to explain the difficulties faced by people with dementia during the war. [...] Irina then explained her idea for the Nezabutni United project, to bring together all the different initiatives already offered by Nezabutni and others on one easy-to-use digital platform, aimed at older people, people with dementia, and the people who care for them. This tool would be completely complementary with MSF’s activities in Ukraine.
    Natalie Roberts
    Natalie Roberts
    Program Manager Alert EpidemicThe MSF Foundation
  • Patient care does not stop at the hospital. There is a need for follow-up afterwards, and this need for follow-up is just as important [...] We put elastic compression garments on the body as a whole, but the particularity of the face is that there are also specific contours for each patient and we therefore make orthoses which are rigid in order to match the outline and shapes of the face.
    Pierre Moreau
    Pierre Moreau
    3D Program ManagerThe MSF Foundation