Department of Epidemiology and Training

Thursday 19 August 2021 - Updated on Thursday 15 September 2022
Epicentre is composed of a Research Department and an Epidemiology, Intervention and Training Department (EITD). The EIDT conducts surveillance and assessments studies that provide essential information for MSF's decision-making, anticipation of population needs in intervention areas and their implementation; it also promotes epidemiology and public health tools in emergency situations by providing training.

The Department of Epidemiology and Training aims to provide timely and relevant epidemiological data through field epidemiology, research and training to support MSF interventions.

The department aims to enhance its portfolio with focus on outbreaks, situations of conflict, populations facing diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and new issues and challenges, particularly in terms of environmental health and emerging diseases. At the same time, it must consolidate its relations with MSF and with other actors in the countries where the NGO runs its programs. The objectives defined for the coming years are :

  • Improve its ability to assess health situations in contexts with difficult access for humanitarian teams
  • Conduct relevant research within MSF programs able to guide best medical and operational practice
  • Develop training programs tailored to the needs of MSF
  • Develop technical skills to meet MSF's emerging needs
  • To develop a culture of collective learning, critical review and sharing of knowledge and experience
  • Improve responsiveness and speed of response to questions from MSF operations and other humanitarian organizations

Members of the Research and Training Department

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Klaudia Porten

Director of the Epidemiology of Intervention and Training Department
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E. Gignoux

Etienne Gignoux

Epidemiologist
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Anais Broban

Anaïs Broban

Epidemiologist
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F. Finger

Flavio Finger

Epidemiologist

The investigations team

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F. Grandesso

Francesco Grandesso

Epidemiologist
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Robin Nesbitt

Robin Nesbitt

Epidemiologist
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Jessica Sayyad

Epidemiologist
Research on infectious diseases, malnutrition and field epidemiology in support of MSF particularly in Chad, CAR.
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Rebecca Coulborn

Rebecca Coulborn

Epidémiologiste
Dirige des études de recherche opérationnelle sur les maladies infectieuses, particulièrement sur Ebola et la leishmaniose.

The research and program support team

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Jihane Ben farhat

Jihane Ben-Farhat

Epidemiologist
Epidemiologist working primarily on infectious diseases, including HIV and Covid
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Helena Huerga

Helena Huerga

Medical epidemiologist
Leads operational research studies with focus on infectious diseases and with particular interest on tuberculosis, HIV and viral hepatitis.
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Birgit Schramm

Birgit Schramm

Epidemiologist
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Estelle Pasquier

Estelle Pasquier

Medical epidemiologist researcher
specializing in women's and children's health
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Sarala Nicholas

Statistician
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Saïf Abdallah

Saïf Abdallah

Medical epidemiologist
My research interest is the implementation and evaluation of surveillance systems of mortality, measles and cholera.
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manal shamseldin

Manal Shamseldin

Epidemiologist and qualitative researcher, public health doctor
). Current fields of work: Mixed methods research, Evaluation & Lessons-learned. Previous MSF field and headquarter experience.

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Epicentre laboratory in Mbabane, Uganda