The MSF Drug Distribution Programme in Bosnia 1991-1996
The Bosnia programme was one of the largest programmes MSF has implemented so far, and it was the first major operation MSF executed in an European environment. There was a widely shared view that the programme had gone “out of control”. As a result, many within MSF considered drug distribution in general as being beyond the scope of MSF. The dominance of drug distribution in the programme was perceived to be in contradiction with the medical identity of MSF.
This is an evaluation of the appropriateness of MSF's response strategies over time as related to the actual humanitarian needs in the specific context.