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MSF Speaking Out

The Initial Module: Introduction to MSF, SOCS, and Speaking Out

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From Syria to Nigeria, from the West Africa Ebola epidemic to Search & Rescue in the Mediterranean, and from Yemen to South Sudan, and beyond, MSF teams have provided medical humanitarian assistance to populations caught in turmoil, violence and facing mass neglect, and have witnessed the tremendous suffering that ensued.  We mobilised our public voice in many of these crises, in a fast-paced and often heavily polarised media environment. We have also been silent and, at times, struggled to articulate what to say” (MSF: Telling it As It Is).

This initial module will walk the learner through the complexity of speaking out for MSF, what, why, and how MSF speaks out, and some of the speaking out consequences. 

The course prepares a foundation with which to embark on the study of speaking out case studies and dilemmas. It is a strongly recommended prerequisite for all levels of experience and will need to be completed before proceeding to the other courses.

Who is the initial module for? 

All students interested in learning more about MSF, Speaking Out and SOCS. 


  • The Initial Module is self-paced and open to all for enrolment.
  • All internal and external students will need to create an account on TEMBO, MSF’s training platform to access the module. 

The Learning Journey

What you need to know before starting the course.

List of contents: 

  1. The Learning Journey
  2. The MSF Charter
  3. MSF's Two Complementary Pillars of Action
  4. The Complexity of Defining Speaking Out for MSF
  5. Why, What, and How MSF Speaks Out
  6. A Look into the Unique World of SOCS
  7. The Learning Methods
  8. Annexes

Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours

  • Work at your own pace
  • Questions from this module are included in subsequent course quizzes

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to download your certificate / badge


By the end of this module, you should gain the following competencies:

Knowledge Competencies:

  1. Understand the basics of MSF as an organisation including the charter, pivotal agreements, and the two pillars of action
  2. Define the Speaking Out Case Studies (SOCS) project and methodologies
  3. Explain the different approaches that MSF uses for speaking out and bearing witness
  4. Understand the respective purposes of speaking out

Skills Competencies:

  1. Describe the importance and challenges of documentation as it relates to speaking out
  2. Discern the potential sources and types of data used to inform MSF’s speaking out activities
  3. Identify the potential consequences of speaking out
  4. Consider and recognise diverse speaking out perspectives

How to enrol

All students - internal and external - must register on TEMBO, the MSF learning platform, in order to access courses. Click on the button below to access the platform.

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