Our latest endeavor with MSF called for an informative and discussion-based platform for those who have worked or volunteered for MSF. Formed in 1971 as an “association”, MSF’s internal structure remains centered around the contributions and collaborations of professionals with a volunteer spirit.
MSF provides emergency medical care to those most in need around the world, thanks to dedicated staff who are deeply committed to humanitarian action. The purpose of the internal website was to give MSF’ers a platform to voice opinions and contribute to the evolution of the organisation’s social mission.
We were invited to tackle the challenge of presenting MSF members with a welcoming space that would not only keep them up-to-date with the latest internal news, but would allow various communities to share information and ideas.
We worked to develop a logical and clean design, one in which the user could easily navigate to find articles of interest. For the back-end, we created the site using the CMS Drupal, allowing for complex yet intuitive implementation of content in two languages.
Users can contribute to standard forums, post events into a calendar, create photo galleries to share with others, upload and share documents, as well as ‘like’ and comment on specific pages or items.
Content is sorted and filterable by tags implemented with labels, while news articles and job vacancy feeds pulled in from external sources ensure an up-to-date site packed with the latest MSF-related happenings and reports. To encourage interactivity, the latest user comments are highlighted in distinct blocks that invite others to participate.
The internal pages of the site are accessible to MSF members only, although the public is welcome to visit the rest of the site.