MSF-Veolia: a research and innovation partnership for action in the medical humanitarian sector

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Veolia Foundation have signed a research and innovation partnership to provide support for MSF's missions in the fields of energy, waste, sanitation and drinking water.

One objective: optimize the energy footprint of MSF's projects, including deployment of solar energy in field installations.

In addition to financial support, the Veolia Foundation assists MSF by providing technical expertise through the "Veoliaforce" network of expert employees trained to intervene in emergency humanitarian missions.


Trial of the MSF – The Veolia Foundation partnership

MSF has fought against malaria since 2010 in Moissala in southern Chad and provides care for children under the age of five for whom the disease is the main cause of death. With the support of the Veolia Foundation, MSF will be installing solar photovoltaic panels to supply electricity. The site chosen for this trial is very isolated and will provide the mission with an autonomous energy supply.

    The purpose of this partnership is twofold: optimize energy management in MSF missions to save money and reduce our energy footprint by using renewable energy, in particular solar energy,
    Stéphane Roques
    CEO of Médecins Sans Frontières
    We can support MSF in its search for greater autonomy of its missions and the lowest possible energy footprint to better serve the disadvantaged populations that the organization helps every day.
    Thierry Vandevelde
    Executive Officer of the Veolia Foundation

    Other examples of work - The Veolia Foundation partnership

    • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Veolia and MSF provided access to better quality water for 90,000 citizens in Kalemie (Katanga) by extending the city's drinking water network in 2012 to fight against cholera.
    • In 2014, Veolia installed and tested the "Aquaforce500" emergency water treatment plant with MSF in Sudanese refugee camps in northern Uganda.

    The Veolia Foundation's priority areas of action are humanitarian emergency and development assistance, employment support and social cohesion and environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. Since 2004, the Veolia Foundation has supported over 1,350 projects in France and abroad and conducted some 150 expertise missions. Veoliaforce volunteers provide solutions to rapidly restore access to water, restore energy supply, dispose of and treat waste and help transport food and materials.
    Médecins Sans Frontières, (Doctors Without Borders) is an international medical humanitarian organization that has provided medical assistance to populations whose life or health is threatened, mainly due to armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters or the exclusion of medical care, for over forty years. Its independence from all political, military and religious powers is guaranteed through the fact that it is 96% funded by the generosity of private donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations.