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Created in 1986 by doctors from MSF, Epicentre is a nonprofit association. MSF-France holds the majority of votes on its Board of Administration.
Epicentre has a two-fold mission:
Research : contributing to the design and promotion of original operational medical projects in MSF intervention settings, or similar environments;
Training : supporting MSF teams in conducting operational response.
They are focused on :
The most frequent diseases: malaria, tuberculosis, HIV infection, children malnutrition,
Diseases with epidemic potential: cholera, meningitis, measles, hemorrhagic fevers (yellow fever, Ebola, Marburg) ,
Others: Buruli ulcer, psychological care, sleeping sickness.
The expertise at Epicentre is put into action through various programs such as the investigation of epidemics, monitoring, mortality estimates, vaccination campaigns, etc...