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An incubator for innovation

If The MSF Foundation is to be a true incubator for innovation, it must be able to rely on its partners whose support is an indispensible contributor to project development. The MSF Foundation therefore offers a unique forum for philanthropists, start-ups, pioneers and field staff to pool their expertise and experience. Foundation initiatives fall into two main categories:

Supporting innovative development: fostering the research and development of new tools and practices with the potential to significantly advance the work of MSF all the way through to implementation.

Reinforcing skills within the organisation to prepare for the future: identifying the best qualified people to work with the organisation, developing their technical and organisational skills and their capacity to adapt to the different operational contexts.

© Stefan Dold/MSF



The aim of the MiniLab project is to design and produce a portable laboratory that can be used in MSF’s operational contexts. By adapting existing technologies, the MiniLab will enable teams to perform the bacterial analyses required to diagnose certain infections under field conditions, monitor antimicrobial resistance and improve the quality of care delivered to patients.


© Ali Jarikji/MSF


Nearly 10 years after it opened, the MSF reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman in Jordan provides comprehensive care to victims of conflict, including orthopaedic, plastic and maxillofacial surgery as well as physiotherapy and mental health support.


© Jean-Christophe Nougaret/MSF


In the Hambol region in Côte d’Ivoire, MSF has implemented a major programme to renovate, build and equip medical facilities and to train staff.

Women in the region now have access to a facility able to respond to gynaecological, obstetric and neonatal emergencies.


© Adam Scott Hinchliff/HOT

Collaborative Learning Lab (Laboratoire d’Apprentissage Coopératif - LAC)

The MSF Foundation is funding the launch of a training centre for MSF managers running emergency operations. The LAC will offer a qualifying course that teaches participants through academic interventions in the social sciences, medicine and public health and through the analysis of their experiences in conflict situations or major disasters and operational research projects. The course is innovative in that it brings together academics and practitioners who work together to extract, capitalise on and transmit practical skills within MSF.

© Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF


The MSF Foundation offers field staff (heads of mission, project coordinators, medical coordinators etc.) the opportunity to develop their professional skills by offering study grants to gain the university qualifications they wish to obtain. Courses can be taken in France or abroad.