The Clinical Case Reporting Initiative was set up after realising that MSF was losing precious clinical knowledge gained in challenging conditions in the field, simply because this experience was not being recorded by staff on the ground.
Beyond MSF, the literature on clinical management in Humanitarian and Resource Limited Settings (HRLS) is sparse. So, in 2018 MSF partnered with Oxford University Press to start building a special collection of case reports/series within the open access journal Oxford Medical Case Reports.
MSF has also launched an ambitious training programme to introduce field clinicians to basic research and scientific writing via the case report. In 2019, the first two international workshops were run in Dakar and Kampala and the first case reports and case series from Humanitarian and Resource Limited Settings (HRLS) were published in Oxford Medical Case Reports.
The Vienna Evaluation Unit took over the management of the CCRI in January 2020.
The purpose of the CCRI is to start building a database on clinical case management in Human Resource Limited Settings (HRLS) that can improve the quality of care for patients. The project will also provide the basis for larger statistical studies by pointing to public health issues and advocating for neglected illnesses and populations. Through its training programme, the CCRI contributes to capacity-building in medical research for clinicians (doctors, clinical officers, nurses, psychologists, midwives) working in HRLS.
The aim of the CCRI is to establish a stand-alone partnership between MSF and other relevant organisations and academic institutions based on the two pillars of publication and training.