MSF staff faces several challenges in the field due to the use of infrastructure solutions often maladapted to the ongoing medical activities. This is related to the fact that suppliers are often not aware of the contextual characteristics of MSF’s work, but also to the fact that the selection and evaluation processes of MSF are currently performed ad-hoc, being highly dependent on the individual capacities of the person responsible. This project aims to improve the way medical infrastructure is organized, evaluated and selected by MSF. We are designing an easy-to-use catalogue with clear links to needs and practice in the field. Such a catalogue will enable MSF to identify gaps and needs and proactively search for solutions rather than being dependent on the approach of commercial partners. In addition, this project should help enable a more effective communication between MSF and its suppliers by establishing a mutual understanding of needs and capabilities.
Extensive overview of evaluation criteria currently used by MSF intersectional, from validation reports, presentations and various other documentation. Proposal of universal evaluation form for validation of medical infrastructures. Benchmark of shelter and prefabricated products available in the market. Collection of needs and technical requirements for the design of a searchable, user-friendly and interactive catalogue.
Operational Centre Brussels, Logistics Department
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
Benchmark report, 2015, Surya group, Joint Master Project, Delft University of Technology
Marpe Tanaka, Innovation Lead