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Julie Schindall, Oxfam media officer in Haiti, discusses Oxfam's public health work in response to the cholera outbreak there.

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International agency Oxfam has doubled its cholera response since the first cases were confirmed in October in Haiti. Oxfam’s water, sanitation and hygiene education programs are now reaching over 700,000 people in the capital Port-au-Prince, Artibonite, and Cap Haitien.

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The international community urgently needs to inject more funds and effort to stem a spiraling crisis in flood-hit Pakistan. A new United Nations appeal for funds will be issued on Friday.

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Millions of people have been affected by the worst flooding to hit Pakistan in living memory. Oxam has launched an emergency response to reach almost 400,000 people.

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Oxfam has been working hard to get a resettlement site ready for the first people to arrive, installing latrines, showers and water bladders. Thousands of people must be relocated due to the high risk of mudslides after the January 2010 earthquake.

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Women cry next to a destroyed building in Talca some 186 miles south of Santiago February 27, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero, courtesy alertnet.org

An 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Chile on 27 February. Oxfam is planning a three-month response focusing on hygiene distribution and promotion, as well as advising government institutions on water and sanitation.

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Oxfam's assessment of the damage of Saturday's earthquake to the south of Chile is now well underway. Our team of logisticians and water engineers split in two and headed for two locations – Constitución and Concepcion.

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A policeman inspects debris on the coast close to the epicenter of an earthquake that generated waves flooding many towns to the north and south, in Pelluhue,   Chile, February 28, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Oxfam's team of humanitarian workers arrived in Santiago during the early hours of Tuesday morning spearheading the aid agency’s response to Saturday’s devastating earthquake. Oxfam is also looking into how to send basic emergency supplies from its Bolivia stock to Chile.

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Oxfam was delivering 8 million liters of water each day. Credit: Oxfam

Oxfam Haiti earthquake response: we're providing water, latrines, shelter materials, cash, and other relief materials to those who have gathered in temporary camps both within Port-au-Prince and in hard-hit outlying areas.

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Oxfam is responding to the biggest earthquake for 200 years in Haiti. We've flown in more than 60 tons of emergency supplies and equipment, and we're reaching more and more people each day.

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