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The Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH or Research Unit) of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Switzerland was created in 2006 and aims to improve the way MSF projects are implemented in the field and to participate in critical thinking on humanitarian and medical action, notably by producing publications and organizing conferences and debates.

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New publication: "Engaging with National Authorities: Médecins Sans Frontières’s experience in Guinea during the Ebola epidemic"

29 November 2016: UREPH is pleased to announce the publication of this article by Marc Poncin in "Humanitarian Alternatives".

IHL Talks on "Violence Against Healthcare and Humanitarian Workers"

24 November 2016: Panel discussion with Caroline Abu Sa'Da.

Debate on "Ebola 3 years afterwards"

8 November 2016: Marc Poncin will participate in the roundtable on "How to do better next time?”.

New publication: "Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises"

6 November 2016: UREPH is pleased to announce this publication of this article by James Smith and Tammam Aloudat on the blog of the Humanitarian Health Ethics research group.

18th Humanitarian Congress in Berlin

13-15 October 2016: Caroline Abu Sa'Da will chair the panel on Iraq at the 18th Humanitarian Congress in Berlin.

New publication: "Treating, Containing, Mobilizing: The Role of MSF in the West African Ebola Epidemic Response"

12 October 2016: UREPH is pleased to announce the publication of this chapter by Heather Pagano and Marc Poncin in the book "Global Management of Infectious Disease after Ebola" (eds. Halabi et al.).

New publication: "The Ebola clinical trials: a precedent for research ethics in disasters"

30 August 2016: UREPH is pleased to announce the publication in the Journal of Medical Ethics of this article by Philippe Calain.