● When a team recognizes a possible emergency, they will send an exploratory team to the area to assess the situation. They do this through observing the population, talking to members of the community, communicating with the Ministries of Health and other NGOs, and collecting medical and epidemiological data. Once it is confirmed as an emergency, the team will report back to their headquarters with their findings and data. The headquarters will then report back to their OC where staffing, financial, and logistical arrangements are immediately made to set up a program.

● This can all happen in a relatively short amount of time (as little as 24 hours). Because MSF does not rely on government or institutional funding, and does not have to answer to any political agenda, programs can be opened and closed without delays and at our discretion.