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Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières

National Essay Competition 2009-10 Categories There are three categories for submission of essays, 1) Medical and practical – i.e. concerning issues such as TB; MDR-TB; Neglected Diseases; Access to Essential Medicines; field surgery; working in resource-poor settings. 2) Theoretical and philosophical – i.e. the role of humanitarian principles such as neutrality, impartiality and independence in practise; témoignage and advocacy; humanitarianism in relation to political or military interests, justice or human rights. 3) Situations – i.e. a report or discussion on a particular situation or trend, for example rape as a weapon of war; aid agency expulsions from Darfur; humanitarian crises in Sri Lanka or the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Submission -



Opening date for entries - 1st September 2009. Submit to Essays should be 1500-2000 words in length, and submitted as a Microsoft Word document in Arial Font, size 11, with 1.5 line spacing References should be in Vancouver format Closing date for submissions - 8th January 2010

Prizes Winner -

Publication in The Lancet Student (TLS) Recording a podcast for TLS Chance to present at 2010 National FoMSF AGM Potential inclusion in an MSF publication

2 Highly Commended -

Essays published as Blogs by TLS Posted on MSF-UK website

All entries -

Paul Foreman – Board of Directors – MSF-UK Rhona MacDonald – Senior Editor - The Lancet


and The Lancet Student Tejshri Shah - Head of Manson Unit – MSF-UK


and Marc DuBois – Executive Director of MSF-UK


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