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December 21, 2017

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.

July 10, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began supporting Abs Hospital in northern Yemen in July 2015. A year later, an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition destroyed part of the complex, killing 19 people, including one MSF staff member, and wounding 24 others. After rebuilding the hospital in November 2016, MSF resumed medical services. 

October 05, 2015

Opened in August 2011, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was the only facility of its kind in the region, providing free life- and limb-saving medical care to tens of thousands of people. In 2014, more than 22,000 patients received care at the hospital, and more than 5,900 surgeries were performed.

September 21, 2015

MSF is working in several areas of Yemen to try to deliver lifesaving medical care, but it has been difficult as medical infrastructure and staff have been targeted.

July 30, 2015

Numerous bombings have destroyed civilian areas and caused much pain and suffering among civilians.

February 25, 2014

After over a decade of international aid and investment, Afghans still struggle to access critical medical care due to insecurity, distance, cost, or the dysfunction of many health facilities. There has been some progress, but maternal and infant mortality in Afghanistan remain among the highest in the world, casualties from violence are mounting, and unmet medical and humanitarian needs continue to soar.

February 25, 2014

Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth. MSF provides emergency obstetric services in Khost, Helmand, and Kabul.

May 16, 2012

Before the opening of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgical hospital in Kunduz Province, northern Afghanistan, people in the region suffering from severe injuries had two options. They made the long and dangerous journey to Kabul or Pakistan, or they visited an expensive private clinic. As a result, few patients received the trauma care they needed.

March 11, 2011

At Boost Hospital in Afghanistan's Helmand province, MSF is tending to civilians caught in an ongoing conflict, in a region where medical resources have been scarce for many years.

September 24, 2010

Photojournalist Ton Koene traveled to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in June 2010 to visit the MSF project in the capital, Lashkargah. Intense conflict in the province has left around one million people without access to the health care they need. Here, Koene documents how each member of the MSF team there is working to save lives and provide free medical care in Lashkargah.

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