Marion Robinson worked as a psychologist at the MSF hospital in Qayyarah, a town some 70 kilometres from Mosul, in Iraq’s Ninewa governorate. It had been under the control of the Islamic State (IS) group for two and a half years before the Iraqi army retook control of the area at the end of August 2016.
Logistics - The cornerstone of our operations
Jacques Pinel, a pharmacist, spearheaded what was to become a major strength for MSF. A driving force in pioneering humanitarian aid logistics, Jacques sadly passed away in August. In 1979, eight years after MSF was founded, Jacques Pinel described it as “an organisation — without organisation”.
Working as a pharmacist in refugee camps in Thailand, he had been appalled at the muddle of boxes of drugs stacked under tarpaulins and decided order was required. The first pre-prepared kits came into being, and along with a series of guidelines and lists of essential medicines, they became the cornerstone of logistics at MSF and the means to enhance operational effectiveness. These days, logistics are organised between MSF teams in the field, at head office and its purchasing centres.