Using innovation to save lives and alleviate suffering.


About Us

Maximizing the innovation capability of MSF.

In the humanitarian sector, where responding quickly to rapidly emerging crisis situations is absolutely crucial, humanitarian organizations struggle to maintain a balance between addressing short-term needs and building the capability to meet long-term challenges. MSF Sweden Innovation Unit explores a human-centered approach for promoting a culture of innovation within MSF, to more effectively co-create innovations that save lives and alleviate suffering.

“How can we maximize the innovation capability of humanitarian actors to more effectively save lives and alleviate suffering?”

Our Approach

Human-centred innovation.



We deploy a human-centred innovation approach, involving a wide range of stakeholders to explore challenges and opportunities facing MSF in the field.

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We carry out concrete design and development cases, addressing operational needs through exploration of products, technologies and services.

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We design and implement new organizational processes and practices, aimed at improving the innovation capability of individuals and teams.

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Our Work

Our cases range from cold-chain indicators and autoclaves to enhancing innovation capabilities within the organization.


  • Cold chain indicators

    Cold chain indicators

    The cold chain process ensures that vaccines, medicines and laboratory products are not exposed to too high or too...

  • Real-time surgery support

    Real-time surgery support

    The objective is to explore the potential of real-time surgery support solutions that can improve surgical activities in MSF...

  • Vacuum assisted wound dressing

    Vacuum assisted wound dressing

    Conflict-related trauma wound healing is often complicated by contamination, infection and delay of treatment and medical staff within the...

Our Values

The foundation for innovation.




Proximity to field

We are heavily user-centred, valuing access to the needs in real field contexts.


We rely on strong partnerships inside and outside of MSF, across sectors, organizations and disciplines.


We strive to be well-organized and systematic, to allow for effective scaling and maximum impact.

Failing forward

We promote a culture of iteration and experimentation, where accelerating our learning curve is key.


We are aiming for ideas with real impact, requiring a balance between long-term vision and short-term action.

Contact Us


MSF Sweden Innovation Unit
Fredsborgsgatan 24
Box 47021
SE-100 74 Stockholm

Contact person

David Veldeman (E-mail)
Head of Innovation Unit
Phone: +46 (0)10 199 32 00 (Reception)