Efforts are underway within Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to tackle abuse within the organisation.
In its newly published International Activity Report for 2018, the organisation’s international president, Dr Joanne Liu and its secretary general, Christopher Lockyear said the organisation is working to address abuse and inappropriate behaviour within MSF and to provide support to the victims.
It comes as latest figures show that in 2018, MSF received 356 grievance complaints from the field, up from 182 in 2017. After investigation, 134 were confirmed as situations of abuse or inappropriate behaviour. A total of 52 staff members were dismissed for "all forms of abuse" which included sexual abuse, harassment and exploitation, abuse of power, psychological harassment, discrimination and physical violence.
The international president and secretary general said, while there has been an increase in the number of grievances reported, given the size and scope of the organisation, “we know there must be more". They added: “We must, therefore, do more to improve our systems, to make them more widely accessible, and to ensure they are trusted and used by all our staff and patients, their caregivers and their communities.”