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.
New evidence shows that women in India are being exploited and facing serious health problems, due to under-investment in healthcare by the Indian government and the proliferation of private for-profit clinics. Many private clinics are being driven by financial incentives to carry out dangerous and costly procedures regardless of whether or not there is any benefit to the patient.
Women, particularly from poor communities, are being left with crippling debts and health problems after being made to have unnecessary hysterectomies and Caesarean births. These are procedures that come with huge price tags and high medical risks.
Oxfam is calling for immediate action to regulate private health providers and for the Indian government to prioritize decent, free health care.