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Top 8 media moments for MSF Australia in 2017

02 Jan 2018

Check out our top 8 media moments from the past year! 

1. Asylum seekers in appalling conditions in Libya camps

For the hundreds and thousands of desperate people who are trying to seek asylum in Europe, there's only one major gateway – Libya. But the massive influx of refugees means the majority are being held indefinitely in holding camps, in conditions which aid groups have described as "catastrophic". ABC’s Fran Kelly speaks with MSF’s Dr Tankred Stöbe.

2. International Women’s Day: urgent work to make childbirth safer in Afghanistan

To help mark International Women’s Day 2017, MSF’s Dr Claire Fotheringham – who has long celebrated her May 8 birthday by attending IWD marches, describes her work as a consultant in obstetrics & gynaecology in Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous places in the world in which to give birth.

3. The Aussie doctor battling a cholera epidemic in Yemen
Australian Doctor

Australian doctor, Melissa McRae is currently working as a medical coordinator in Yemen. The conflict in the country, which has waged for two years now, has been dubbed the “forgotten war”. But it is fuelling a major humanitarian crisis, with doctors and health workers also facing an unprecedented cholera epidemic.

4. Iraq war: Survivors struggle with trauma, still fear for their safety even after IS defeat
ABC News

Dr Greg Keane, MSF’s Mental Health Referent for the Middle East, describes the challenges of assisting people in some of the world’s most severe conflicts.

5. Manus Island: MSF denied access to refugees as thousands rally in Australia
The Guardian

MSF has been denied access to asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island in order to assess their health and wellbeing, despite having been granted approval earlier in the week.

6. Interview: Vanessa Cramond
ABC Lateline

Vanessa Cramond, MSF Medical Emergency Manager in Syria talks to Emma Alberici about the increasing humanitarian needs in Raqqa.

7. “I couldn’t save my children. It breaks my heart.
The Sydney Morning Herald

The Rohingya Crisis: Almas saw her seven children and husband murdered during a wave of massacres in Myanmar. She and thousands of other survivors now face new threats as they languish in refugee camps.

8. Myanmar military killed at least 10,000 Rohingya: MSF

MSF says it estimates 10,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed or died during the initial stages of the Myanmar military's 'clearance operations'. The estimate, based on surveys of surviving refugees in Bangladesh, is the first independent attempt to quantify the casualties since the crisis began in late August. ABC’s James Bennett speaks with Paul McPhun, Executive Director, MSF Australia.