MSF: The Year in Pictures 2017

2017 © Alice Martins/MSF

This collection of photographs from the picture desk of Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides an intimate look at the experiences of MSF's patients around the world. From war and civil strife to disease outbreaks and epidemics, MSF staff have been on the front lines to save lives and respond to urgent medical needs in 2017.

MSF is grateful to the extraordinarily talented photographers who have worked alongside our medical teams to bear witness to so many moving stories over the course of a turbulent year.

View the full collection of MSF’s Year in Pictures 2017.


A brother and sister are united at the MSF field trauma centre, south of Mosul in Iraq. The siblings have not seen each other for over two years due to the conflict, and met again by chance in this field hospital after the woman’s daughter was brought in to be treated for minor injuries.
2017 © Alice Martins/MSF
Karon, 31, sits with his wife and their twin girls in a refugee shelter on the Greek island of Lesbos in March 2017. “What I have seen in Iraq, I do not want my children to see it again. This is why we left our country,” he said.
Giuseppe La Rosa/MSF
Omayma, 21, was rescued by the MSF ship Prudence on the dangerous Mediterannean Sea route between Libya and Italy in July 2017. “[Smugglers] gave us lifejackets, but they turned out to be fake,” she said.
Andrew McConnell/Panos Pictures
Women migrants and refugees are held in overcrowded conditions at the Sorman detention center west of Tripoli, Libya, in March 2017.
Guillaume Binet/Myop
Rohingya refugees fleeing targeted violence in Myanmar gather on the Bangladeshi side of the Naf River waiting for permission to continue their journey, in October 2017.
Moises Saman/Magnum Photos for MSF
Besam brings her seven-month-old son to a health center in Huth, Yemen, a country ravaged by war and struggling to cope with a massive cholera epidemic.
Florian Seriex/MSF
Gatbel, an MSF community health promoter, tests a child for malaria at an outdoor support clinic in Thaker, Leer County, South Sudan.
Siegfried Modola
A severely malnourished child stands to get his measurements at an MSF-supported health center in Bukama, Masisi, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gwenn Dubourthoumieu
Gulzat, 17, receives a home visit from the MSF medical team in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, to receive palliative care for tuberculosis meningitis.
Maxime Fossat