Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders


Scientific Day, 25 May 2012

This year’s MSF Scientific Day took place in London on Friday 25 May 2012, and Bonnix Kayabu (Evidence Aid Co-ordinator – until 2013) and I (Claire Allen, Evidence Aid Knowledge Manager) had a productive day listening to the talks, making new contacts for Evidence Aid and presenting a poster outlining our work. The talks covered such diverse topics as ‘HIV and tuberculosis’, ‘How far should we go – balancing competing priorities and responsibilities’, ‘Technology for improving health care delivery’ ‘Finding and treating hidden and neglected populations’ and ‘Using research data in the digital age’. One of the highlights was Jonathan Smith of Yale University in the USA, who presented a screening of his short film ‘They go to die’, a documentary about the life of four former migrant gold mine workers in South Africa and Swaziland who contracted drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV while working in the mine. It was powerful stuff and you can watch excerpts of the film here.

Bonnix and I are pictured below with the poster prepared by Bonnix, myself and Mike Clarke (one of the founders of Evidence Aid). After the formal part of the day, there was a closing reception in the wonderful atrium where we made new friends over a glass of wine. More information about the Scientific Day, including copies of the abstracts and some of the presentations are available here.