The Extreme Medicine Conference in 2015 will feature the unique work of photographers working within a humanitarian setting
We’ve been working with MSF and photographer Rob Holden, the Phoenix Foundation and WarChild, the conference charity of the year. Each individual and organisation will present 20 images that will inspire, provoke thought but ultimately create a desire for change.
Previously, we featured the work of inspirational image maker Rob Holden from a series entitled ‘A Tribute to Health Workers.’. In this post we feature evocative images from Extreme Medicine ’15 Conference partner Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
MSF & Extreme Medicine ’15; As well as featuring a thought provoking gallery of MSF’s work across the world, MSF will be represented by a exhibition stand and a number of inspiring speakers on the stage. You’ll be able to meet members of the Manson Unit and learn first-hand about the reality of being an MSF medic.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemic, disaster or exclusion from healthcare.
MSF’s first mission was to the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, where an earthquake in 1972 had destroyed most of the city and killed between 10,000 and 30,000 people.
In 1974, MSF set up a relief mission to help the people of Honduras after Hurricane Fifi caused major flooding and killed thousands of people.
Then, in 1975, MSF established its first large-scale medical programme during a refugee crisis, providing medical care for the waves of Cambodians seeking sanctuary from Pol Pot’s oppressive rule.
Since 1980, MSF has opened offices in 28 countries and employs more than 30,000 people across the world. Since its founding, MSF has treated over a hundred million patients – with 8.3 million outpatient consultations being carried out in 2011 alone.
From its inception, MSF has proved itself to be unlike any other NGO. MSF remains fiercely independent of both governments and institutions and its permanent criticism of the humanitarian illusion are a constant thorn in the side of the establishment.
MORE ABOUT EXTREME MEDICINE ’15
Now in its fourth year, the World Extreme Medicine conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere locations.
The conference focuses on four related medical fields: Pre-Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition, and Extreme Medicine. Together, our programme of fascinating talks from world-renowned experts in their field – from Arctic explorers to vascular surgeons, remote medics to NASA personnel – and practical sessions on innovations and field-proven techniques and ‘hacks’, will inspire you and enhance your skills, helping you to become a more effective and highly valued practitioner of remote medicine.