Dr Françoise Duroch

MSF International

Dr Françoise Duroch has a Master’s degree in history, law and human rights and a Doctorate in education sciences from the University of Lyon 2. She is a former Research Coordinator for the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices of MSF Switzerland and is currently the manager of the Medical Care Under Fire project at MSF International. She has worked on sexual violence issues since 2001.


  • Care for victims of sexual violence, an organization pushed to its limits: The case of Médecins Sans Frontières

    Françoise Duroch and Catrin Schulte-Hillen / Over the past ten years, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided medical care to almost 118,000 victims of sexual violence. Integrating related care into MSF general assistance to populations affected by crisis and conflicts has presented a considerable institutional struggle and continues to be a challenge.

  • Attacks on medical missions: overview of a polymorphous reality: the case of Médecins Sans Frontières

    The aim of this article is to carry out a preliminary analysis of issues relating to the types of violence that are directed against humanitarian medical missions. Starting from the observation that violence can cause some degree of disruption for a medical organisation such as Médecins Sans Frontières, despite its wide experience which has brought it much wisdom and generated numerous and sporadic responses to such events, the article offers a more subtle analysis of terms and of situations of violence so as to contribute to the establishment of a research project and, in a second phase, to an awareness-raising campaign focusing on these complex phenomena.