Over years, MSF has developed a significant expertise in the field of epidemiology and operational research. In 1987, MSF has created Epicentre, which groups health professionals specialised in public health and epidemiology. In 1996, Epicentre became a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research in Epidemiology and Response to Emerging Diseases.

Epicentre's team carries out operational research studies from its headquarters in Paris, locations in Geneva, Brussels and Kampala, and two field research bases in Uganda and Niger. Epicentre also offers its expertise to organisations requesting short-term field epidemiology studies in developing countries.

Epicentre designs and organises training sessions for Médecins Sans Frontières and other partners in public health and epidemiology.

Epidemiologists from Epicentre also give guest lectures and organise training modules in the field of applied epidemiology as part of university or diploma courses. Lastly, Epicentre has developed an expertise in the development and field installation of software applications for the management of health information

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