26 Jun 17
Emily GilbertEmily GilbertBritishProject CoordinatorDemocratic Republic of Congo

Podcast: From conflict zones to curtain shops

In the latest episode of our Everyday Emergency podcast, we speak to Emily Gilbert, a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project coordinator from London. Emily has spent her entire career working in conflict zones.

"I used to envy the delegates that walked into our office in London when I worked for another humanitarian organisation in their HQ. I used to brief them on things I knew so little about and inside was secretly wishing I was them. Now I am them and what I hadn't taken into consideration is that at a certain point it becomes hard to get out" says Emily.

Whether she’s in the Middle East or Central Africa, Emily’s main roles are to make sure her team is safe and that the project she’s managing runs as smoothly as possible. With a typical MSF project having 4-12 international and up to 200 local staff, it's by no means an easy job.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) first began working in DRC in 1981 in response to armed conflict, endemic/epidemic disease and healthcare exclusion.

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