Oxfam cautioned that the maternal and child health effort announced on Friday seems yet another empty G8 promise, given that the overall aid pie is shrinking.
In the crowded camps of Port-au-Prince, preventing the outbreak of disease is a challenge that confronts everyone. Oxfam's public health promoters have found a memorable way to spread the word on some basic steps to take.
Aid plays a role in saving millions of lives, and yet despite its achievements poverty continues to cast a shadow over the lives of some 1.4 billion people worldwide.
When aid is used to support developing country budgets, provided long-term and without unecessary strings attached, governments in developing countries can make effective plans to help the poorest people in their country.