The 3rd Operational Research Day (OR Day) will take place on Friday 13th June 2014, from 9h to 17h, in Brussels. It is organized at La Tricoterie, 158 rue Théodore Verhaegen, 1060 Brussels and is live streamed in French and English.
Once a year, Médecins Sans Frontières holds the OR Day in Brussels to present field research carried out in its programs worldwide and to incite reflexion and debate on interventions on the field.
Click here to see the OR Day 2014 conference booklet.
09.00 OPENING REMARKS – Meinie Nicolai
Slot 1: Maternal and child health
Chairs: Thérèse Delvaux & Ahmed Abdelrahman
• Low-tech, high impact - care for premature neonates in a district hospital in Burundi: a way forward to decrease neonatal mortality
• Unmet demand for family planning in Lesotho: Implications for MSF approaches to maternal mortality
• An ambulance referral network improves access to emergency obstetric and neonatal care in a district of rural Burundi with high maternal mortality
Wilma van den Boogaard
• A Job Half done: missed childhood vaccination opportunities within MSF health facilities.
11.15 Slot 2: HIV/Aids
Chairs: Nathan Ford & Eric Goemaere
• Very high numbers of new infections in young women despite good overall HIV testing and ART coverage and viral load suppression in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
• Exposing Stock Outs – A National Crisis: a national baseline survey monitoring drug stock outs and assessment of the process of stockout activism in South Africa
• Community-supported models of care for people on HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa
13.30 Slot 3: Medical care in conflict settings & surgery
Chairs: Johan von Schreeb & Catherine van Overloop
• Conducting emergency war surgery in a dire conflict: the case-study of Syria
• Surgical skills needed for humanitarian missions in resource-limited settings: Common operative procedures performed at Médecins Sans Frontières facilities
• Patients in Afghanistan face important barriers to access effective health care due to ongoing violence, health service performance, distance and costs
Niamh Nic Carthaigh
• Medical care under fire: what is the pattern and what are the operational consequences for MSF?
15.30 Slot 4: Round table: Antibiotic Resistance
Chair: Jennifer Cohn
Are our options running out? Antibiotic resistance among in- and outpatients attending Lashkar-Gah hospital, Afghanistan
Olivier Vandenberg, Richard Murphy
16.50 CLOSING – Bertrand Draguez
ABOUT OPERATIONAL RESEARCH
Operational research plays a key role in bridging the implementation gap between scientific research and practice in health programs. Acquired knowledge on strategies, interventions or tools can inform decision-making and enhance the performance of health programs in low-resource settings.