Organisation and funding

Thursday 14 February 2019 - Updated on Saturday 20 June 2020
Epicentre was created by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1986 to provide epidemiological expertise to underpin MSF operations in the field.


Epicentre is a not-for-profit association under French law (association loi de 1901).

Epicentre was created by MSF in 1986 to provide epidemiological expertise to underpin MSF operations in the field.

Epicentre has a board consisting of 10 members: five from MSF-Operational Center Paris, one from MSF-Operational Center Geneva and four with other relevant experience including the President of the board. 

The executive reports to the board on a quarterly basis. The board approves the Epicentre budget.

Organisational chart

Epicentre has an executive management consisting of the Epicentre director and the heads of the 3 departments. Senior management and administrative teams are in Paris. The research activities are based either in Paris (France), Maradi (Niger), Mbarara (Uganda); or decentralized in for example Brussels, Geneva, London, New York, Cape Town, Dakar, Dubaï et Yaoundé. Staff can also be based at field locations where there are longer-term projects.

Organizational chart Epicentre



As part of the MSF movement, Epicentre is mostly funded through MSF’s public fundraising.

Epicentre also collaborates and leads projects aligned with Epicentre’s mission from other sources of funding. Those other funders include the Agence nationale de recherche contre le sida et les hépatites, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, the Elsevier Foundation, Wellcome Trust, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership , the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mott Mac Donald, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the World Health Organization, and UnitAid.

For the past couple of years Epicentre has an annual budget of over 17 million Euros.