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20HOW MSF WORKS HOW DOES MSF ADVOCATE FOR ITS WORK AND PATIENTS A report from the Advocacy team at MSF-USA Doctors Without Borders Mdecins Sans Frontires MSF operational advocacy occurs both in and out of the field. On the ground it might mean a project coordinator meeting with the military commander of an area to explain what MSF is what we do and why we do it. MSF works under the premise that there is no guaranteed humanitarian space for our programs so we must constantly advocate for the various sides in a conflict or various officials and members of government to respect the neutrality of our medical structures and our medical work. Humanitarian space after all involves not only a physical space in which to deploy humanitarian assistance but also the room to make independent assessments of the needs and to access patients who need assistance. Away from the field our advocacy takes place in capital cities halls of government and with other organizations or international institutions. MSF has advocacy positions in several headquarter offices around the world staffed by people who relay MSFs field needs priorities and experiences to international and regional actors. Syria2013RobinMeldrumMSFDRC2013PeterCasaerMSF