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Operational Research for Humanitarian Action

    The Science of Doing Better

    Where are the critical gaps in access to quality medical care? Do health programmes meet the needs of patients? Is MSF’s assistance reaching those in remote and resource limited settings? And what are the root causes of today’s manifold humanitarian crises?

    Operational Research helps MSF take an in-depth look at its programmes and operations, evaluates what is working well, and shows what needs to be improved. Based in Luxembourg, the Operational Research Unit LuxOR undertakes research projects supporting humanitarian action all over the world.

    LuxOR shares findings with the international MSF-movement and partner organizations, and advocates for evidence-based policy and practices changes with local and international stakeholders. Supported studies are published in renowned scientific journals, and openly available to researchers and the global humanitarian community.

    The Team

    LuxOR is a decentralized unit based in Luxembourg and Brussels, with further colleagues working from Canada, Beirut and the field.

    LuxOR Director: Position to be filled soon


    Program Officer: Veerle Hermans

    Team coordination, support OR activities at MSF OCB level, support to the epidemiologists’ pool, liaison with operations, medical department in Brussels, and MSF Luxembourg.

    Policy, Practice & Communication Advisor: Maria Livia De Rubeis

    Coordination of evidence-informed policy and practice implementation, lead LuxOR communications and outreach.

    Medical Editor: Tony Reid

    Support to field teams and researchers for OR protocols and publications in scientific journals, support on the SORT-IT courses and lead MSF website "Field Research" with open access to MSF-authored articles.

    Operational Research Advisor: Wilma van den Boogaard

    Operational research support, focal point sexual and reproductive health (SRH), sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and maternal health, migration, victims of torture (VoT) and mental health, neonatal and adolescent health, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer care.

    Qualitative Research Mobile Implementation Officer: Position to be filled soon


    Senior Qualitative Research Advisor: Umberto Pellecchia

    Operational research support for qualitative studies and social sciences. Focus on migration     health, violence, outbreaks and epidemics, climate change, environment degradation and     health, medical anthropology.

    Operational Research Advisor: Emily Briskin (ad interim for Engy Ali)

    Operational research support, COVID-19 data support, interim focal point surgical care, intensive care, emergency care; neonatal and pediatrics health, and nutrition.

    ABR Operational Research Advisor: Anita Williams

    Operational research focal point for antibiotic resistance (ABR), microbiology, laboratory, infection prevention and control (IPC), and pharmacy.

    Senior Operational Research Advisor: Julita Gil

    Operational research support, focal point outbreaks/epidemics, vaccination and vaccine preventable Diseases (VPD), infectious diseases, malaria and vector-borne diseases (VBD), sexual and reproductive health (SRH), sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and maternal health.

    Operational Research Advisor: Maria Verdecchia

    Operational research support with a strong interest in quantitative methodologies to be applied across different themes and focal point for Environmental Health. Particular interest in Non Communicable Diseases. Additionally, focal point for developing and maintaining the field Epidemiologist support strategy.

    Senior Operational Research Advisor : Temmy Sunyoto

    Operational research support, focal point infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), vector-borne and emerging diseases, health system and health policy, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and migration health. 

    Operational Research Support: Maider Pagola Ugarte

    Operational research support on protocol writing, data encoding, analysis and manuscript writing. With specific support to COVID-19 platform epidemiological and data support.

    Intern: Stéphane Stiernet

    Operational research support on protocol writing, data encoding, analysis and manuscript writing.

    Intern: Rachel Lobe-Costonis

    Operational support for studies in non-communicable diseases, including literature review, data management, policy and practice analysis, and manuscript writing.

    Intern: Hanna Peterson