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Sierra Leone used to be the worst place in the world to give birth. On 28 April last year, the government of Sierra Leone took a huge step in the fight to reduce maternal and child deaths by making health care free for pregnant and lactating mothers and children under the age of five.

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The World Health Organization’s World Health Report 2010, launched in Berlin today, reveals that out-of-pocket payments are by far the greatest obstacle to achieving universal health care. But all countries - no matter how poor - can take immediate steps to increase investments in health.

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Nurse, Margaret Ganga, takes the blood pressure of Grace Banda, who had a caesarian section after difficulties during labour at Bwalia 'Bottom' Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Failure to provide free public healthcare in poor countries means that millions of people are paying with their lives, according to a research report published today by a group of 62 NGOs and health unions.

Angeela Wassel and Freshta, representatives from Afghanistan where the We Can Campaign hadn't yet been officially launched. Credit Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Sitting on the floor of her shop, Alam carefully measures out a kilo of wheat for her neighbor. With help from Oxfam and other women in her village, Alam started her own small business six months ago.

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Antiretrovirals. Oxfam works with partners on minimizing transmission and impacts of HIV&AIDS in many countries around the world. Credit: Andy Hall/Oxfam

Companies producing affordable generic medicines for poor people could be subject to criminal prosecutions and have their medicines seized on orders from big drug companies under plans being drawn up by a closed group of mainly rich countries

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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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