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The Programmes Unit

The Programmes Unit supports our medical work and our teams on the front line through reflection, analysis, research and advocacy. The unit focuses on humanitarian and health policy and practice related issues.

The Programmes Unit researches issues that affect our patients, field staff and our relationships with other actors in the humanitarian world. The outcome of this research helps us lobby governments on issues that matter most to us and our patients.

It influences debates which, in turn, influence our policy and practice within MSF and to other actors involved in medical and humanitarian aid.

The Programmes Unit team

The core members of the Programmes Unit maintain a dynamic link with other programmes advisors across MSF. This allows the unit to share its findings and experience within MSF and to any other actors who might benefit.

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Andre Heller Perache: Head of Programmes

Following substantial field work since 2006, Andre assumed the role of Head of Programmes in 2013. 

Andre has worked as Head of Mission for MSF operations in South Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Haiti, and the Central African Republic and held various other positions in Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

His recent work has focused on building partnerships and programmes on topics from safeguarding our medical work in the field to leadership development of our personnel. 

With an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Andre brings his many years of field experience to assist with operational support, research and advocacy to the UK office.  

Sandrine Tiller: Programmes Advisor - Humanitarian Issues

Sandrine has worked in Venezuela, Eritrea, Tanzania, Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories and Lebanon with different organisations. She has expertise in humanitarian issues, particularly in the politicisation of aid and the current state of the aid system.

She is the co-author of MSF’s report Where is everyone? Responding to emergencies in the most difficult places. Sandrine provides direct support to MSF operations for advocacy and analysis.

Beverley Stringer: Programmes Advisor - Health Policy and Research

Beverley is a trained anthropologist and policy analyst with clinical experience as a paediatric nurse practitioner; she has worked within public health as a health advisor, medical coordinator and research study coordinator.

She has done fieldwork in Africa, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Her formative work involves research and practice in qualitative methodologies in order to develop local health strategies that fit within the cultural context. More recently, she works specifically in health policy research and advocacy for tuberculosis, among other topics.

Konstantinos Antonopoulos: Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Kosta has worked for several years in the field with MSF, in logistics and as a Programme Coordinator in the DRC, Burundi, Zambia, Sudan, Pakistan, Yemen, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea.

Before joining MSF, he worked as a consultant with other organizations and governmental institutions in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Indonesia.

His expertise lies in advocacy and politics, with a special focus on humanitarian security, forced migration and project management. He holds a Master's degree in Political Science and recently joined the MSF Programmes Unit to support advocacy and policy analysis in forced migration and the MSF Access Campaign.


Over the years, the Programmes Unit has gained experience in many different topics, including:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Food Policy / Nutrition
  • Measles
  • Older People in Crises
  • Global Fund
  • Exit Strategies
  • Analysis of the Humanitarian Aid System
  • Migration and Displacement
  • The Appropriation and Politicisation of Humanitarian Aid
  • Military – NGO Interaction
  • Qualitative Research Methods

The Programmes Unit UK networks

With our office in London, the UK Programmes Unit is perfectly situated to talk one-on-one with influential actors and institutions relevant to MSF’s work worldwide. We can talk with government, share experiences with international NGOs, hear from diaspora communities and gain insights from leading universities on issues related to MSF’s work.   

The list below provides just some examples of the people and institutions we interact with:

  • Governments
    UK Government (DFID, the Department of Health [Global Health Team], Foreign Commonwealth Office, Public Health England), Irish Government (Irish Aid), Embassies.

  • International NGOs
    OXFAM, Save the Children, Muslim Aid, MERLIN, Help Age International, Human Rights Watch, Action Against Hunger.

  • Red Cross
    British Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross UK.

  • Universities
    The London School of Economics, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Oxford (Refugee Studies Centre), the University of Manchester (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute), the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London.

  • Think-tanks
    Chatham House (member), the Overseas Development Institute , the Rift Valley Institute.

  • Platforms
    Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP), Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies, the Humanitarian Policy Group, The Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network, AIDS Consortium, UK Stop TB Coalition.