The Clinical Case Reporting Initiative (CCRI) aims to improve clinical practice in MSF contexts through supporting field medical staff with writing and publishing clinical case reports and series in open access journals. The CCRI also provides training in scientific writing to MSF field missions and staff around the world.


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.

Get involved

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MSF/Lauranne Grégoire

Want to submit a case?

If you have a case report/series you wish to submit, take a look at the Clinical Case Reporting Handbook and visit the journal website. If you are MSF-affiliated, make sure you have validation from management before submitting any manuscript to a journal.

If you have any questions or need editorial support before submitting, please contact:

The CCRI Taskforce

The CCRI Taskforce refers to a pool of experts with a vested interest in case reports from Humanitarian and Resource Limited Settings, who can contribute to the CCRI strategy as editorial mentors, peer-reviewers and workshop co-facilitators.

Want to join our Taskforce or share your ideas?

If you are interested in joining the CCRI Taskforce please send your CV and a letter of motivation to the CCRI Programme Manager, Marta:


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MSF/Antoine Kremer

A case report is a detailed report of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of one or two patients.

Writing your first case report or series can be daunting. With that in mind, we've put together a list of easy access resources, including ethical guidelines, information on publishing, templates,a consent form, and a list of useful websites to help you begin:

Useful websites

The team

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Marta A. Balinska

Marta Aleksandra Balinska holds a PhD in political science (humanitarian medicine), a Masters in public health and a post-graduate  diploma in epidemiology. This background, coupled with academic research and teaching, has allowed her to work in a variety of health agencies. Over the years, she has also specialised in scientific editing and writing. Her areas of expertise include: humanitarian aid & development, infectious disease prevention, immunisation, health risk assessment, prevention & screening, and knowledge management. She has published widely in the health sciences with a Research Gate score of 25.99.

Dr Rasha Khoury

Dr Rasha Khoury

Dr Rasha Khoury is a Palestinian physician and public health activist. She moved to the US for her medical studies at the Yale School of Medicine and then completed her  training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of California San Francisco. She then pursued a fellowship in Complex Family Planning and Global Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital and received her Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2014, fulfilling a life-long dream, she joined MSF and has since completed six surgical missions in Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Cote D'Ivoire, Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr Khoury currently works clinically in high risk obstetrics in the Bronx, New York with a research focus on reducing severe maternal morbidity and mortality. She is currently a voluntary member of the board of directors of MSF-USA and joins the CCRI to uplift and amplify the voices of the global health workforce and the patients we serve in humanitarian and precarious contexts as a means to democratise evidence.

Fabien Schneider

Fabien Schneider

A senior manager at MSF, Fabien Schneider has 25 years of experience in the management, operation and development of medical and non-medical programmes in the public and humanitarian sector. Fabien's areas of expertise include assistance to populations in precarious situations during complex emergencies; modelling and implementation of medical-humanitarian programs; implementation and optimisation of medical and operational strategies; change catalyst, change management and innovation; Telemedicine; Learning and Knowledge production; lobby and advocacy.

Joanna Ventikos

Joanna Ventikos

Joanna is a publisher at Oxford University Press (Academic Division), specialising in Open Access journals and working across all subject areas. She has extensive international experience in project management and publishing, having worked in France, the USA, Switzerland, and the UK. She is responsible for the Oxford Medical Case Reports journal (published by Oxford University Press) for which she contributed in establishing a close partnership with MSF, aiming at the publication and dissemination of case reports that are relevant to humanitarian and resource

Professor Richard Watts

Professor Richard Watts

Professor Richard Watts graduated from Oxford University Medical School in 1982 and trained in rheumatology at University College, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. He was appointed consultant rheumatologist at Ipswich Hospital in 1994. Richard is an honorary professor at Norwich Medical School of East Anglia and honorary fellow at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford. He is the editor of the Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology, editor in chief of Rheumatology Advances in Practice and past editor in chief of Rheumatology. His research interests include the epidemiology, classification and diagnosis of autoimmune diseases including the systemic vasculitides.