2018: A Year
in Pictures

Snapshots of our life-saving
work around the world this year

Halima and her mother wait in the rain for a distribution of food in Jatmoli makeshift settlement, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Our Year in Pictures collection looks back on a year of providing medical care in extreme conditions and places across the globe.

From war and civil strife, to diseases, epidemics and natural disasters, our staff have been on the frontline of saving lives in 2018.

Photojournalists and our staff photographers were there beside them – bearing witness to and capturing the work of our dedicated teams, and the stories of the individuals and communities they assist.

In each photograph here, there is both a personal story and a bigger story; one that led to the event captured in the image. Stories of suffering and vulnerability, bravery and resilience.

These pictures of the year (taken between November 2017 and December 2018) showcase a select few.

Ten-year-old Aya lost her leg after an armed group threw a bomb at her family’s home in Aden, Yemen. “I always feel enthusiastic when my mom tells me we’re going to the physio session. I’m stronger than I was after the surgery. I go to the mini market by myself and I play in front of the house,” Aya says. © Ehab Zawati/MSF

Ten-year-old Aya lost her leg after an armed group threw a bomb at her family’s home in Aden, Yemen. “I always feel enthusiastic when my mom tells me we’re going to the physio session. I’m stronger than I was after the surgery. I go to the mini market by myself and I play in front of the house,” Aya says. © Ehab Zawati/MSF

Ten-year-old Aya lost her leg after an armed group threw a bomb at her family’s home in Aden, Yemen. “I always feel enthusiastic when my mom tells me we’re going to the physio session. I’m stronger than I was after the surgery. I go to the mini market by myself and I play in front of the house,” Aya says. © Ehab Zawati/MSF

After a long, complicated search and rescue operation, and negotiations with the Libyan coastguard, the Aquarius has safely brought 47 people on board, including 17 minors and one pregnant woman, rescued from a wooden boat in distress in international waters. © Maud Veith/SOS MEDITERRANEE

After a long, complicated search and rescue operation, and negotiations with the Libyan coastguard, the Aquarius has safely brought 47 people on board, including 17 minors and one pregnant woman, rescued from a wooden boat in distress in international waters. © Maud Veith/SOS MEDITERRANEE

After a long, complicated search and rescue operation, and negotiations with the Libyan coastguard, the Aquarius has safely brought 47 people on board, including 17 minors and one pregnant woman, rescued from a wooden boat in distress in international waters. © Maud Veith/SOS MEDITERRANEE

 Leonard, a 33-year-old farmer, is treated at Paoua hospital. He says he was shot in the head while armed men were trying to steal his oxen. The day before the attack he had fled Betoko with relatives after the town had been attacked by an armed group.

Leonard, a 33-year-old farmer, is treated at Paoua hospital, Central African Republic. He says he was shot in the head while armed men were trying to steal his oxen. The day before the attack he had fled Betoko with relatives after the town had been attacked by an armed group. © Alexis Huguet

A woman stands in the courtyard of a Libyan detention centre: “We were abandoned at sea. People lost hope. Why did we let people die at sea? We are not criminals.” © Sara Creta/MSF

A woman stands in the courtyard of a Libyan detention centre: “We were abandoned at sea. People lost hope. Why did we let people die at sea? We are not criminals.” © Sara Creta/MSF

 Rasmiyya, 63, who raised seven sons and four daughters, now lives alone in Amriyat al-Falluja camp for internally displaced people. Rasmiyya’s story reflects the multiple layers of violence and loss that many in Iraq have suffered over recent years. She lost four of her seven sons in the bombing of their home city, Falluja, in 2004. © Mohammad Ghannam/MSF


Rasmiyya, 63, who raised seven sons and four daughters, now lives alone in Amriyat al-Falluja camp for internally displaced people. Rasmiyya’s story reflects the multiple layers of violence and loss that many in Iraq have suffered over recent years. She lost four of her seven sons in the bombing of their home city, Falluja, in 2004. © Mohammad Ghannam/MSF

MSF nurse Aiofe Ni Mhurchu gives anti-sea-sickness pills to one of the 27 people were rescued at sea by a supply boat nearby an oil platform north Sabratah, 55 nautical miles from the Libyan coast. © Federico Scoppa

MSF nurse Aiofe Ni Mhurchu gives anti-sea-sickness pills to one of the 27 people were rescued at sea by a supply boat nearby an oil platform north Sabratah, 55 nautical miles from the Libyan coast. © Federico Scoppa

 Leonard, a 33-year-old farmer, is treated at Paoua hospital. He says he was shot in the head while armed men were trying to steal his oxen. The day before the attack he had fled Betoko with relatives after the town had been attacked by an armed group.

Leonard, a 33-year-old farmer, is treated at Paoua hospital, Central African Republic. He says he was shot in the head while armed men were trying to steal his oxen. The day before the attack he had fled Betoko with relatives after the town had been attacked by an armed group. © Alexis Huguet

A woman stands in the courtyard of a Libyan detention centre: “We were abandoned at sea. People lost hope. Why did we let people die at sea? We are not criminals.” © Sara Creta/MSF

 Rasmiyya, 63, who raised seven sons and four daughters, now lives alone in Amriyat al-Falluja camp for internally displaced people. Rasmiyya’s story reflects the multiple layers of violence and loss that many in Iraq have suffered over recent years. She lost four of her seven sons in the bombing of their home city, Falluja, in 2004. © Mohammad Ghannam/MSF


Rasmiyya, 63, who raised seven sons and four daughters, now lives alone in Amriyat al-Falluja camp for internally displaced people. Rasmiyya’s story reflects the multiple layers of violence and loss that many in Iraq have suffered over recent years. She lost four of her seven sons in the bombing of their home city, Falluja, in 2004. © Mohammad Ghannam/MSF

MSF nurse Aiofe Ni Mhurchu gives anti-sea-sickness pills to one of the 27 people were rescued at sea by a supply boat nearby an oil platform north Sabratah, 55 nautical miles from the Libyan coast. © Federico Scoppa

MSF nurse Aiofe Ni Mhurchu gives anti-sea-sickness pills to one of the 27 people were rescued at sea by a supply boat nearby an oil platform north Sabratah, 55 nautical miles from the Libyan coast. © Federico Scoppa

Thirteen-year-old Haussian and his family, from Falluja, Iraq, have lived in a tent for the past three years. Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he replies: “If I stay alive, I want to be a doctor.” © Mohammad Ghannam/MSF

Thirteen-year-old Haussian and his family, from Falluja, Iraq, have lived in a tent for the past three years. Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he replies: “If I stay alive, I want to be a doctor.” © Mohammad Ghannam/MSF

Thirteen-year-old Haussian and his family, from Falluja, Iraq, have lived in a tent for the past three years. Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he replies: “If I stay alive, I want to be a doctor.” © Mohammad Ghannam/MSF

An MSF team apply an intravenous catheter on a young patient in the paediatric unit of Magaria district hospital, Niger. © Laurence Hoenig/MSF

An MSF team apply an intravenous catheter on a young patient in the paediatric unit of Magaria district hospital, Niger. © Laurence Hoenig/MSF

An MSF team apply an intravenous catheter on a young patient in the paediatric unit of Magaria district hospital, Niger. © Laurence Hoenig/MSF

Fourteen-year-old Mohammed and his siblings were kidnapped by an armed group in northern Nigeria and spent several months in captivity before fleeing and being reunited with at least part of their family. Having witnessed several murders, Mohammed started receiving support through MSF’s mental healthcare project in Diffa, Niger. © Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF

Fourteen-year-old Mohammed and his siblings were kidnapped by an armed group in northern Nigeria and spent several months in captivity before fleeing and being reunited with at least part of their family. Having witnessed several murders, Mohammed started receiving support through MSF’s mental healthcare project in Diffa, Niger. © Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF

Thousands of life jackets left behind by arriving migrants, gathered at a dump on Lesbos Island. © Robbin Hammond/Witness Change

Thousands of life jackets left behind by arriving migrants, gathered at a dump on Lesbos Island. © Robbin Hammond/Witness Change

Alyona and Vadim on their way back home from TB Dispensary 2, where they are both outpatients. "A year ago, we were both in hospital; now we live together and we earn our living. That's why you should not give up on your treatment,” Vadim says.

Alyona and Vadim on their way back home from TB Dispensary 2, where they are both outpatients. "A year ago, we were both in hospital; now we live together and we earn our living. That's why you should not give up on your treatment,” Vadim says. © Viviane Dalles

Health workers hug each other as they get into their personal protective equipment, ready to enter the red zone of the newly built Ebola treatment centre in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo. © John Wessels

Health workers hug each other as they get into their personal protective equipment, ready to enter the red zone of the newly built Ebola treatment centre in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo. © John Wessels

Fourteen-year-old Mohammed and his siblings were kidnapped by an armed group in northern Nigeria and spent several months in captivity before fleeing and being reunited with at least part of their family. Having witnessed several murders, Mohammed started receiving support through MSF’s mental healthcare project in Diffa, Niger. © Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF

Fourteen-year-old Mohammed and his siblings were kidnapped by an armed group in northern Nigeria and spent several months in captivity before fleeing and being reunited with at least part of their family. Having witnessed several murders, Mohammed started receiving support through MSF’s mental healthcare project in Diffa, Niger. © Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF

Thousands of life jackets left behind by arriving migrants, gathered at a dump on Lesbos Island. © Robbin Hammond/Witness Change

Thousands of life jackets left behind by arriving migrants, gathered at a dump on Lesbos Island. © Robbin Hammond/Witness Change

Alyona and Vadim on their way back home from TB Dispensary 2, where they are both outpatients. "A year ago, we were both in hospital; now we live together and we earn our living. That's why you should not give up on your treatment,” Vadim says.

Alyona and Vadim on their way back home from TB Dispensary 2, where they are both outpatients. "A year ago, we were both in hospital; now we live together and we earn our living. That's why you should not give up on your treatment,” Vadim says. © Viviane Dalles

Health workers hug each other as they get into their personal protective equipment, ready to enter the red zone of the newly built Ebola treatment centre in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo. © John Wessels

Health workers hug each other as they get into their personal protective equipment, ready to enter the red zone of the newly built Ebola treatment centre in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo. © John Wessels

Shnider Avril, who was severely burned by an explosion from a propane tank, receives care at the MSF Drouillard hospital for burns patients in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Shnider Avril, who was severely burned by an explosion from a propane tank, receives care at the MSF Drouillard hospital for burns patients in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Shnider Avril, who was severely burned by an explosion from a propane tank, receives care at the MSF Drouillard hospital for burns patients in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Nurse and midwife Furaha Bazikanya examines a young pregnant woman in one of the two consultation spaces at a mobile clinic in Kier village, South Sudan. © Frederic Noy/COSMOS

Nurse and midwife Furaha Bazikanya examines a young pregnant woman in one of the two consultation spaces at a mobile clinic in Kier village, South Sudan. © Frederic Noy/COSMOS

Nurse and midwife Furaha Bazikanya examines a young pregnant woman in one of the two consultation spaces at a mobile clinic in Kier village, South Sudan. © Frederic Noy/COSMOS

Children from Haydan, Yemen, pose at the entrance to their home, which was bombed during the battle for Saada between 2004 and 2010. © Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF

Children from Haydan, Yemen, pose at the entrance to their home, which was bombed during the battle for Saada between 2004 and 2010. © Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF

Amara, the youngest of 10 children, has suffered from chest and breathing problems since birth. She was admitted to the MSF-run paediatric ward in Elias Haraoui Governmental Hospital in Zahle, Lebanon, where she stayed for 10 days. © Florian Seriex/MSF

Amara, the youngest of 10 children, has suffered from chest and breathing problems since birth. She was admitted to the MSF-run paediatric ward in Elias Haraoui Governmental Hospital in Zahle, Lebanon, where she stayed for 10 days. © Florian Seriex/MSF

Palestinians wounded by Israeli live ammunition arrive for post-operative care at the MSF clinic in Gaza City. © Heidi Levine/Sipa Press

Palestinians wounded by Israeli live ammunition arrive for post-operative care at the MSF clinic in Gaza City. © Heidi Levine/Sipa Press

Rohingya refugees queue for a food distribution in Shofiullah Kata Camp, in the Moynargona area of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. © Kate Geraghty/Fairfax Media

Rohingya refugees queue for a food distribution in Shofiullah Kata Camp, in the Moynargona area of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. © Kate Geraghty/Fairfax Media

Children from Haydan, Yemen, pose at the entrance to their home, which was bombed during the battle for Saada between 2004 and 2010. © Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF

Children from Haydan, Yemen, pose at the entrance to their home, which was bombed during the battle for Saada between 2004 and 2010. © Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF

Amara, the youngest of 10 children, has suffered from chest and breathing problems since birth. She was admitted to the MSF-run paediatric ward in Elias Haraoui Governmental Hospital in Zahle, Lebanon, where she stayed for 10 days. © Florian Seriex/MSF

Amara, the youngest of 10 children, has suffered from chest and breathing problems since birth. She was admitted to the MSF-run paediatric ward in Elias Haraoui Governmental Hospital in Zahle, Lebanon, where she stayed for 10 days. © Florian Seriex/MSF

Palestinians wounded by Israeli live ammunition arrive for post-operative care at the MSF clinic in Gaza City. © Heidi Levine/Sipa Press

Palestinians wounded by Israeli live ammunition arrive for post-operative care at the MSF clinic in Gaza City. © Heidi Levine/Sipa Press

Rohingya refugees queue for a food distribution in Shofiullah Kata Camp, in the Moynargona area of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. © Kate Geraghty/Fairfax Media

 A woman displaced by violence sews a sunshade using donated clothes in Apaxtla de Castrejón city, Guerrero state, Mexico. © Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF

A woman displaced by violence sews a sunshade using donated clothes in Apaxtla de Castrejón city, Guerrero state, Mexico. © Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF

A woman displaced by violence sews a sunshade using donated clothes in Apaxtla de Castrejón city, Guerrero state, Mexico. © Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF

MSF physiotherapist Elizabeth carries out physiotherapy on a young patient in surgery to reduce their pain. Khamer, Yemen. © Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF

MSF physiotherapist Elizabeth carries out physiotherapy on a young patient in surgery to reduce their pain. Khamer, Yemen. © Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF

MSF physiotherapist Elizabeth carries out physiotherapy on a young patient in surgery to reduce their pain. Khamer, Yemen. © Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF

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