Communicating and convincing: a humanitarian perspective on the French response to the coronavirus epidemic
Michaël Neuman & Emmanuel Baron
This article was published first punlished in Alternatives Humanitaires, in the section "Covid-19: Feedback and Future Challenges", on November 20, 2020.
In this paper, the two authors examine certain aspects of the French response to the epidemic in the light of the experience of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in that field, primarily with respect to the relationship between the actors of the response and the beneficiaries.
While centuries of experience have taught humanity that there is no universal recipe for controlling an epidemic, we know that the response lies in a combination of political, social, economic, medical, and scientific action. Leaders in the field of epidemics recognise that while experience is a helpful guide, it is no guarantee. Practices have been defined to limit the number and improve the management of new cases, but their implementation requires having access to knowledge and skills that have been more empirically developed than rigorously demonstrated.
To cite this content :
Michaël Neuman, Emmanuel Baron, “Communicating and convincing: a humanitarian perspective on the French response to the coronavirus epidemic”, 2 décembre 2020, URL : https://msf-crash.org/en/blog/medicine-and-public-health/communicating-and-convincing-humanitarian-perspective-french
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