MSF Anthropology Reports
“Si tu n’es pas mort tu auras une cérémonie après la guérison” (2012) internal
This study was conducted in order to gain insight into Female Genital Cutting in Salamat region, Am Timan District, Chad. Specifically, the study analysed the reasons for FGC, local perceptions of it, local representations and understanding of the female body, the perspectives of women who have not undergone FGC, health complications and health seeking behaviour after FGC, the pros and cons of FGC, and perceptions of FGC-related complications during delivery. The study aimed to understand how the local population feel FGC should be addressed, in order to enable MSF to be more supportive in the response to raising awareness of FGC and educating communities on its consequences to women’s reproductive health.
“You cannot break the culture of silence” (2005) internal
MSF-OCG opened the Benson hospital in Monrovia, Liberia to offer free maternity and pediatric hospital care for some of the most impoverished of Monrovia, where maternal and child mortality were among the worst in the world. The main purpose of the research was to provide the team with a better understanding of the population's perception of health and illness, with a particular focus on perceptions of SGBV, in order to respond more appropriately to patient's needs in the future.
Evaluation of Family and Sexual Violence in Lae, Tari and the MSF OCA RTT project: Assessing the effectiveness and sustainability of projects (2016) public
MSF’s decision to intervene in Papua New Guinea was met with some ambivalence as PNG is not a classic emergency context. Between 2007 and 2016 MSF ran four different programmes addressing family and sexual violence. This evaluation was conducted to look at the effectiveness of each of the projects based on project objectives, the availability and accessibility of patient’s access to care, the effectiveness of the advocacy in reaching project goals and improving patient’s access, the effectiveness of the internal management and support, and the sustainability of the different modes of care used to address family and sexual violence.
Evaluation of MSF OCB: Improving access to Sexual Violence Care in Harare through nurse-based care, 72-hour messaging, social work, decentralization and promotion of the need for medical care (2015) internal
MSF-OCB ran a SGBV project in Mbare, Harare, Zimbabwe between 2011 and 2014. This evaluation is not a comprehensive evaluation of the whole project, but an evaluation of selected strategies/components with an emphasis on innovation. The selected strategies/components for analysis are: ‘nurse-based care’, ‘decentralization’, the ‘72 hour strategy’, the work to ‘raise the profile of rape and the need for medical care’ and the ‘social work’.
Medical Capitalization - Migration & Human Trafficking, Morocco (2013) internal
MSF-OCBA has been actively involved in alleviating the medical and humanitarian needs of undocumented migrants in Morocco since 2002. This internal review of 2 MSF projects analyses the situation of Victims of Trafficking in Morocco focusing on the links between women trafficking and sexual, reproductive and mental health consequences. In addition to the medical consequences it examines the organization of trafficking networks, the profile of Victims of Trafficking, their health seeking behavior and the barriers to accessing health care. Finally it includes a number of best practices, challenges and recommendations that can be useful in similar operations.
MSF-OCG began a sexual violence project in Guatemala City in 2007, although it experienced difficulties in the early stages and the strategy was changed in 2008. This evaluation analysed the relevance, efficacy and impact of the project.