MSF: A Year in Pictures 2023

This collection of photos, taken between November 2022 and November 2023, highlights stories and voices from around the world where Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is working.

Over the last 12 months, multiple acute humanitarian crises have emerged. Climate change continues to take a devastating toll on people's health, and war has reached disastrous heights in several places. A brutal, deadly war has unfolded in Gaza, where attacks on health facilities put the lives of many of our staff and patients at risk. We mourn the loss of four Palestinian colleagues.

According to the United Nations, in March 2023, tropical cyclone Freddy affected some 1.2 million people in Mozambique and 750,000 in Zambézia province. In the photo, we can see a resident from Quelimane looking at the view of an area severely impacted by a cyclone. Photographer: Martim Gray Pereira | Location: Quelimane, Zambezia Province | Date: 27/03/2023
According to the United Nations, in March 2023, tropical cyclone Freddy affected some 1.2 million people in Mozambique and 750,000 in Zambézia province. In the photo, we can see a resident from Quelimane looking at the view of an area severely impacted by a cyclone. Photographer: Martim Gray Pereira | Location: Quelimane, Zambezia Province | Date: 27/03/2023

This image collection of 'A Year in Pictures 2023' provides a glimpse into the medical and humanitarian activities carried out by MSF teams in over 75 countries during the past 12 months. From providing basic healthcare in Venezuela, to rescuing people from the Mediterranean Sea and raising awareness of TB among neighbourhoods in the Philippines, MSF has continued to assist people and communities in need.

From the tireless work of our staff to the resilience of patients fighting for their lives in difficult circumstances, these stories bear witness to the vital importance of worldwide access to healthcare. It is an essential need that should never be taken for granted, as emphasised in each and every one of these photographs. 



About Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a global network of principled medical and other professionals who specialise in medical humanitarian work, driven by our common humanity and guided by medical ethics. We strive to bring emergency medical care to people caught in conflicts, crises, and disasters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

In South Africa, the organisation is recognised as one of the pioneers of providing Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) in the public sector and started the first HIV programmes in South Africa in 1999. Until today, the focus of MSF’s interventions in the country has primarily been on developing new testing and treatment strategies for HIV/AIDS and TB in Eshowe (Kwa-Zulu Natal) and Khayelitsha (Western Cape).

In Tshwane, we run a migration project, and we offer medical and psychosocial care to migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who struggle to access public health services under South Africa’s increasing restrictions.

Previously, we offered free, high-quality, confidential medical care to survivors of SGBV in Rustenburg.

To learn more about our work in South Africa, please visit this page on our website (www.msf.org.za). To support MSF’s work:

  • SMS “JOIN” to 42110 to donate R30 Once-off
  • Visit https://www.msf.org.za/donate
Zethu Mlobeli
Zethu Mlobeli Director of Communications, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa
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