Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Spain is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters and exclusion from healthcare in more than 65 countries. MSF offers assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF was awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 1996 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
MSF-Spain has a priority interest in the early detection of sepsis to improve patient outcomes. As part of the Asia strategy, MSF-Spain is sponsor-implementer of a multi-country study in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines. This is a prospective longitudinal cohort observational study on children aged between 1 month and 5 years presenting with fever, where different biomarkers and severity scores will be measured to identify combinations that may be used to better identify those patients higher at risk of sepsis and therefore facilitate early and appropriate referral.
MSF-Spain will develop and work with local partner academic organisations in each country to facilitate the implementation of the study. In this respect, MSF will play a coordinating and oversight role for the conduct of the research.
In addition to the study, MSF-Spain is also interested in responding to potential emergencies in the country and SE Asian region. As such, expanding the networks and understanding the nature and feasibility of emergency response across the region is a key priority for MSF-Spain.