Dr. Francis Varaine first started working with MSF over 30 years ago and is currently the leader of the MSF Working Group on TB and chair of the MSF Scientific Advisory Committee on DR-TB.
He participates in various international technical committees including: the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) on TB (since 2013); the expert group convened by WHO on the use of Xpert MTB/RIF assay (2013); the expert group convened by WHO on the use of bedaquiline in the treatment of MDR-TB (2013).
Varaine was a member of the GLC since its creation in 1999 to 2002 (as an alternate), and again from 2007 until its end in 2011. He has been a contributor to various guides and manuals on the programmatic management of drug resistant-TB, and has served on several guideline committees including the writing committee of the WHO guidelines for Management of Drug Resistant TB (2007, 2008 and 2011).
Varaine has given TB-focused presentations and displayed academic posters at over 40 international conferences. Dr. Varaine holds a M.D. from Université de Grenoble.