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Shafeeka, 59, was forced to leave her home shortly after the war began in 2003. "You can't imagine how hard it is to live in a tent but I have to be patient and hope that one day things will become better.“ Credit: Ceerwan Aziz/Oxfam

Six years since war began, Oxfam has produced a survey to highlight the desperate plight of countless women in Iraq and prompt positive action from their government and the international community. Here are some of the women we met.

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Would you take your child to a quack doctor for treatment? Find out why public health services are desperately needed in India. Watch our video.

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People waiting to get registered at Motihari District Government Hospital in East Champaran, Bihar. With so few doctors employed to work in the public sector   of healthcare in India, this scene is typical. Credit: Ranjan Rahi

Rich country donors and the World Bank are wasting money and risking lives by continuing to push unproven and discredited private healthcare programs in poor countries. Oxfam’s warning comes in a new report ‘Blind Optimism: Challenging the myths about private health care in poor countries’.

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This is the reality of “private care” for many poor people. In India, 82% of outpatient care is provided by the private sector. Credit: Ranjan Rahi

Good healthcare is a fundamental right, not a luxury. But in poor countries, the growth of private sector provision means healthcare is often either too expensive, or such low quality it risks lives.

Madjuta Chauque, 23, waits for the results of his HIV test at the satellite health post, Machaze, Mozambique, August 2007. Credit:  Steve Simon/Oxfam

Aid from Italy and other rich countries has been vital in helping the Mozambican government tackle poverty.

60,000 women were able to give birth in health facilities. Credit: Oxfam

International aid has allowed the government of Nepal to ensure that universal and free health services are available.

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A women sleeps beside her new born baby. Photo: Alixandra Fazzina/Oxfam

In Afghanistan, a woman dies every 27 minutes thanks to pregnancy-related complications.

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