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access to health

Oxfam campaign victory for Universal Health Coverage

Every year 100 million people are pushed into poverty as they have to pay out of pocket for healthcare. What today’s decision means is that we will now be able to count the cost of paying for healthcare for households around the world.

Medecines produced by generic pharmaceutical companies to treat blood cancer in India. Photo: Rajendra Shaw/Oxfam

Access to Cancer Treatment

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is one of the leading causes of death around the world, with 8.2 million deaths in 2012. In low- and middle-income countries, expensive treatments for cancer are not widely available.

Nurses in Korle Bu teaching hospital, Accra, Ghana (2010). Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos

Scholarships and the healthcare human resources crisis

Scholarships for study in the former Soviet Union were offered to students in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa and across the developing world. The Russian program, previously reduced, is now expanding again. This report aims to establish just what impact these programs have had on healthcare systems and how they can be improved.

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