Costa Rica

The MSF Regional Office for Emergencies based in San José, set up to provide a more efficient response to emergencies covers all of Latin America and the Caribbean. The main objective is reactivity and appropriate response to disasters in coordination with affected communities and local authorities.

The second objective is disaster preparedness and prevention through collaboration with local authorities, regional and international organisations. The meteorological phenomenon El Nino has been monitored closely and crucial information obtained from analyses was shared with MSF teams in the region and with headquarters in Europe.

MSF also maintains a stock of emergency material in Costa Rica to facilitate rapid interventions in the region.