Organisation and funding

Thursday 14 February 2019 - Updated on Tuesday 31 December 2019
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.

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

Epicentre management 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.

Epicentre organizational chart



As part of the MSF movement, Epicentre is mostly (around 80%) 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 are in particular the Agence nationale de recherche contre le sida et les hépatites, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, the Elsevier Foundation, the Kavli Trust, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mott Mac Donald, the Child Investment Fund Foundation, the World Health Organization, UnitAid.

For the past couple of years Epicentre has an annual budget of over 16 million Euros.