About the Authors

Unni Karunakara


Affiliations Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Geneva, Switzerland, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, United States of America

Frances Stevenson

Affiliation HelpAge International, London, United Kingdom

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. UK was elected International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in June 2010, and has been involved with MSF in various capacities, including as a medical doctor, advisor, and board member since 1995. FS is Head of Emergencies at HelpAge International, and has been involved with MSF in various capacities including Head of Mission and board member since 1995.

Author Contributions

Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: FS. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: UK FS. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: UK FS. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: UK FS.