● Because of MSF's presence in some 70 countries, our field teams often come across emergencies in vulnerable areas that are close to where we already are. For example, sudden movement and displacement of communities may imply a recent attack or violent conflict (as with Darfur by the sudden flood of refugees into Chad, or the similarly sudden influx of Sudanese refugees into South Sudan in 2012). A sudden rise of children being treated for an infectious disease or malnutrition may suggest that an epidemic or nutritional emergency is impending.
● MSF assesses each situation to determine: Is there an emergency need? Are there other actors (host government or other NGOs) who can meet the need? Is MSF able to respond?
● Emergency needs are assessed in terms of morbidity and mortality rates and access to medical care.
● We do not prioritize one emergency over the other. Every emergency is taken into consideration by the same criteria.

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