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Child Undernutrition : advantages and limits of a humanitarian medical approach

Jean-Hervé Bradol

Medical doctor, specialized in tropical medicine, emergency medicine and epidemiology. In 1989 he went on mission with Médecins sans Frontières for the first time, and undertook long-term missions in Uganda, Somalia and Thailand. He returned to the Paris headquarters in 1994 as a programs director. Between 1996 and 1998, he served as the director of communications, and later as director of operations until May 2000 when he was elected president of the French section of Médecins sans Frontières. He was re-elected in May 2003 and in May 2006. From 2000 to 2008, he was a member of the International Council of MSF and a member of the Board of MSF USA. He is the co-editor of "Medical innovations in humanitarian situations" (MSF, 2009) and Humanitarian Aid, Genocide and Mass Killings: Médecins Sans Frontiéres, The Rwandan Experience, 1982–97 (Manchester University Press, 2017).


Deputy Project Director for West Africa at International Crisis Group.

Jean-Hervé Jézéquel first worked as a Consultant for Crisis Group in Guinea in 2003, before joining as the Senior Analyst for the Sahel region in March 2013. He has also worked as a Field Coordinator in Liberia, a West Africa Researcher and a Research Director, for Médecins sans Frontières.

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Four years after the hunger crisis in Niger, much has changed on the nutrition issue. Some of these changes are internal to MSF. The success of our operation in the Maradi region in 2005 marked both the resolution of one question (the return of humanitarian medicine in treatment of severe acute malnutrition) and the beginning of new tasks for MSF teams, namely the exploration of new operational procedures (such as earlier treatment) and new objectives (dealing with zones of high infant mortality, establishing a longer-term presence in foci of endemic malnutrition instead of mounting operations only during crisis periods).

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