2017 Best & Worst: Doctors Without Borders' Year in Photos

Are you looking for compelling 2017 end-of-year wrap-up content for your publication/channel?

Look no further.

Doctors Without Borders' 2017 Pictures Of The Year collection looks back on a year of providing medical care in extreme conditions and contexts across the globe.

Through the lens of MSF photographers and some photojournalists, we remember and pay tribute to those who have struggled, those who have persevered and those who have perished.

From war and civil strife ,to disease and epidemics, to natural disasters, MSF staff have been on the frontlines to save lives during 2017. Talented and dedicated photographers have been there too every step of the way to bear witness to the stories of the past year, to save those in peril in our world.

In each photograph, there is both a personal story and a wider story that led up to the event pictured. 

Today, we share with you:

An EXPOSURE PAGE (A YEAR IN PICTURES) with 29 striking photographs taken by our photographers - https://msf.exposure.co/a-year-in-pictures-2017

A selection of 29 High Res Photographs from our different projects throughout the globe (Please note only these 29 selected photos can be republished in the media. The rest that have not been included in this selection and appear on the Exposure page can be used on social media only).

We sincerely thank you for helping us to tell the stories of people and their struggles for survival in crises and conflicts around the world and to share the stories from our field workers working day and night to save lives. We look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Some of the stories to look out for include the plight of refugees who fled beatings and violence among other things to seek safety in Greece, where they are now living and receiving counselling and support from MSF. MSF also continued to rescue people from the Mediterranean Sea in 2017. Of note is a powerful photo where a wooden boat with 412 people on board, mainly from Asian countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, was rescued at night by the MSF search and rescue ship, Vos Prudence and other vessels, in the Mediterranean Sea.

In Malawi, MSF supports adolescents living with HIV to cope and live positively. Because of the support and the medication she receives, Deborah Njala, an 18 year old girl from Chiradzulu District, is positive that her condition won’t stop her from achieving her dreams and having a bright future.

The plight of the Rohingya refugees has also made headlines in 2017. Thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar during episodes of violence in previous years and have settled in Bangladesh where MSF is providing health care to them. In one of the photos, a Rohingya woman comforts her two sons in their tent in the Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The family recently fled Myanmar joining hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled across the border, moving into makeshift settlements without adequate access to shelter, food, clean water, or proper sanitation.



Angela Makamure & Borrie Lagrange


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