The global health workforce crisis: what we can learn from the Ebola outbreak

It’s eight months since the World Health Organisation declared the Ebola outbreak as an emergency. During that time, the virus has claimed more than 5,000 lives and devastated communities across West Africa. Here Laura Searle looks at how a lack of trained healthcare professionals continues to make the region vulnerable to health crises like Ebola. When the Ebola crisis begins …

“He had locked me out. He didn’t even let me collect my clothes.”

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. November 25th is a day set aside to raise awareness and trigger action on this global problem. Here, Nay el Rahi tells us the story of Nada, one of the beneficiaries of the Women’s Access to Justice programme in Lebanon. In November 2013, following years of physical and …

Filling the Green Climate Fund: working out a fair shares system

The Green Climate Fund will soon be open for business, but what’s the fairest way for it to be filled in order to reach the goal of $15 billion? Kiri Hanks shares Oxfam’s analysis. Set up by world leaders at the Copenhagen climate conference, the Green Climate Fund is designed – over time – to become the main channel for …

From peepoo bags to healthy villages – delivering safe, sustainable sanitation

To mark World Toilet Day, SWIFT Consortium Learning and Communications Support Officer Emma Feeny describes how Oxfam is aiming to bridge the gap between emergency sanitation responses and long-term, sustainable solutions. Perhaps it’s not polite to say so, but Oxfam has been into poo for some time. You could even call us poo experts, such is the respect in which …

The days after the storm – a year on from typhoon Haiyan

Vincent Malasador, DRR Programme Officer for Oxfam in the Philippines, was part of the rapid assessment team that responded to typhoon Haiyan in the immediate aftermath. Here he shares his memories one year on.  “No food, no water, please help us!” signs from the desperate communities greeted us on the day after super typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) ravaged …

Talking the talk – fighting Ebola through public health campaigns

Seventy years worth of experience working to combat the spread of infectious diseases has taught us that public health campaigning will be critical in stopping the spread of Ebola. Here, Jonathan Mazliah outlines how Oxfam is working with communities to fight Ebola The official death toll from Ebola is now over 5,000 people (real figures are likely to be much …

Inequality, political capture, disruptive change… and Russell Brand

In October, we launched our Even It Up campaign – calling for an end to extreme inequality. With almost half of the world’s wealth owned by just one percent of the population, this isn’t an issue unique to Oxfam and it is no surprise that extreme inequality is something of a hot topic. Here, Katy Wright looks at extreme inequality through a …

Care – from motherhood and apple pie to human rights

Care work is a social good, but one that is all too often undervalued, unequal and under resourced. Here, Gender & Development editor Caroline Sweetman introduces the Care issue. It’s a little-remarked-on fact that Margaret Thatcher, the first woman Prime Minister in the UK, was the mother of twins.  When I had my own twins, I used to muse that the twin mother …