MSF has been producing medical guidelines for staff for more than 25 years, based on scientific evidence and experiences from their work in the field. The guidelines available via the app are the collaborative work of several experienced medical practitioners and specialists, and were developed for non-specialised medical staff. Information in the guidelines is based on information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and other internationally-recognised medical institutions, as well as medical and scientific journals.
The MSF Medical Guidelines app allows users to browse, save and download content in either high or low quality resolutions, depending on their connectivity. The downloaded content can then be viewed on their mobile phone offline when they are in the field.
Currently users can access clinical guidelines via the diagnostic and treatment manual, which is intended especially for medical professionals involved in curative care at the dispensary and hospital levels. The app also has essential drugs guidelines, which is a practical manual intended for health professionals, physicians, pharmacists, nurses and health auxiliaries involved in curative care and drug management.
A future update will include guidelines on essential obstetric and newborn care, which will be a tool to help protect mothers and their children in adverse environments. These guidelines are intended for midwives, doctors with obstetrics training, and healthcare personnel who deal with obstetric emergencies.
Other than viewing the aforementioned guidelines, the app also allows users to search through the medical guidelines, organise and save relevant content, and share topics with their contacts. Users are also notified about content updates and the publication of new guidelines.
While intended for MSF fieldworkers, according to MSF the app could also serve as a useful tool for training medical staff on mission.
The MSF Medical Guidelines app is available to download for free in the Apple App Store, Google Play and in the Windows Store. The different MSF Medical Guidelines can also be downloaded as PDF or EPUB documents separately via their website.