A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Good health care 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.
Despite this rich countries and institutions are actually pushing for more aid money – that's the cash which helps pay for things like hospitals, drugs and nurses in poor countries – to be spent on private services.
This must change. Only poor countries with strong public health services have succeeded in making the kind of progress needed to provide health care for all. Oxfam is calling for rich countries and international organizations such as the World Bank, to put “public first” and solidly support public health care to save lives.
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