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.
The Health in Africa initiative of the International Finance Corporation, which promotes private sector healthcare delivery, is extremely unlikely to deliver better health outcomes for poor people.
As the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) comes to an end, the world has a historic opportunity to set ambitious goals to end poverty and protect the planet. This paper puts forwards Oxfam’s proposals for what new goals and targets should be included and how they can be designed to bring about lasting change.
Economic inequality in Russia – skewed income and wealth distribution – increased sharply in the transition from a state socialist system to a capitalist market economy.
On Thursday 15 May the Ministry of Health announced 18 confirmed cases of cholera in various locations across Juba. The source of the disease is not yet known.
Inequality in Africa is rising to dangerous levels and unless checked will undermine the usefulness of economic growth on the continent.
Countries can start tackling inequality today by triggering an “economic stimulus” directly into the pockets of those who need it most – by investing more in public services like health and education.
Progress by G20 Finance Ministers toward tackling the issue of multinational tax avoidance has been welcomed by Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr. Helen Szoke, though there is a need for more specifics on how and when low-income countries will benefit.
Oxfam applauds the World Bank’s continuing leadership on Universal Health Coverage and their ongoing collaboration with the World Health Organization, which increasingly highlights inequity as the crux of the problem. However, we caution against ongoing promotion of an ever-increasing role for for-profit companies in delivering health care in poor countries.