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15 HOW MSF WORKS HOW DO YOU MANAGE SECURITY IN PLACES WHERE YOU CANT COUNT ON RESPECT FOR MEDICAL FACILITIES Jordan Wiley spent a year working as an emergency team field coordinator in Syria and Central African Republic for Doctors Without BordersMdecins Sans Frontires MSF. The best thing we can do is maintain really solid communication with the community around us. In the places we work security always involves a huge amount of coordination to maintain the closest possible contact with all actors on the ground. That means local government rebel groups local religious groups anybody whos anybody really. You make the rounds and speak with as many people as possible every single day youre collecting information and trying to verify re-verify and cross-check. For me having those local contacts is the most important thing. Its important to remember that contexts change all the time but incidents usually dont happen randomly. Usually theres some type of precursor or warning to potential threats or incidents. If we can catch wind of something ahead of time we can keep our teams more secure. There are also behavioral things we can do to reduce riskimplementing curfews for staff for example or avoiding certain neighborhoods. There are also lots of things we do to improve our physical security building fences hiring guards and so forth. In particularly dangerous contexts like CAR we also construct heavy- duty safe rooms with reinforced walls and ceilings to protect from stray bullets grenades and other explosives. At the end of the day our most important tool is communication. SouthSudan2014AnnaSurinyachMSF