10 Underreported Crises in 2017

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© Valérie Batselaere/MSF

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) responded to an extraordinary range of humanitarian emergencies in 2017, many of them undercovered by the media and neglected by the international community. 

Here is a list of 10 crises that demand greater awareness and urgent attention.  


#1 infectious killer

1.7 million people died from the disease in 2016

20,000 TB patients treated last year



A child suffering from pneumonia admitted to MSF's medical facility in Kutupalong.

647,000 Rohingya refugees have fled targeted violence in Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh since August 25

6,700 Rohingya killed within first month of attacks in Myanmar

142,980 Rohingya patients treated since start of the crisis, including sexual violence survivors



Doctor Mohammad Ahmed tends to a young patient at the Rural Hospital in Abs.

103,000 patients treated for suspected cholera in 2017

1,200 public health workers supported by MSF incentives to prevent collapse of health system 

64,000 patients treated for war wounds and other violence-related injuries from March 2015 to June 2017



Inside the MSF field trauma clinic south of Mosul.

750,000 people forced from home amid battle for control over Mosul 

9,000 emergency room patients treated in Qayyarah hospital south of Mosul 

90,000 displaced people provided with mental health services at nine camps across the country


People displaced from Raqqa at Ain Issa camp

15,000 displaced people living in Ain Issa camp, where MSF runs a primary treatment center

70 medical facilities supported by MSF across Syria 

44,000 children under age 5 vaccinated in multi-antigen campaign in western and northern Aleppo in first half of 2017



An MSF health worker tends to a young patient at an MSF project in Bangassou.

600,000 people displaced inside the country since conflict broke out in 2013 

1,600 HIV patients at risk after Zemio hospital shut down following attacks in July and August

595,700 people treated for malaria in 2016



An MSF team prepares a pediatric patient for surgery at Aweil State Hospital.

32 percent of children under age five in area around Pieri suffered from malnutrition in May

14,300 patients treated in feeding centers in 2016

934,400 outpatient consultations last year



Mothers and children wait to be treated for malnutrition outside the Mayi Munene health center in DRC’s Kasai region.

5,000 people killed since conflict flared in Kasai region in August 2016 

1,242 emergency consultations by teams in Kananga hospital, Central Kasai, from May to September

1,000 children under five treated for severe acute malnutrition from June to September in Tshikapa, Kasai



Asylum seekers are forced to live in dire conditions at the reception and identification center on the island of Samos, Greece.

154 mental health assessments for asylum seekers conducted in Lesbos from January-June 2017;
79 percent deemed “severe” 

2/3 of mental health patients in Lesbos reported being victims of violence before arriving inGreece

1/2 of all women seen for gynecological consultations were survivors of sexual violence



Women and children wait to be seen at an MSF clinic in Choloma.

190,000 people estimated to be internally displaced by violence in 2016

540 people treated for sexual violence in 2016

1,830 mental health consultations last year