Réginald Moreels (Ghent, 4 December 1949) studied medicine at Ghent University.
He established himself as a surgeon in Ostend. In the 1980s, he co-founded the Belgian branch of Médecins Sans Frontières and was president from 1986 to 1994.
A year later, he entered politics, first becoming state secretary and then minister for Development Cooperation.
Dr Moreels remained active as a surgeon in conflict zones throughout this time. He saw the horrors of war first-hand in Rwanda, Angola, Cambodia, Iraq, Syria, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere.
Since 2014, he has been working to put the Beni region, in the north-east of the DRC, on the map. He regularly travels to Beni to provide free surgical care.
The region, home to more than 1 million people, is a blind spot for international aid organisations. This injustice led to the creation of UNICHIR and the building of the surgical and obstetric centre.