Clean environments, healthy families and educated children are essential prerequisites to enable people to escape poverty. One in five of the world's people lives without safe water and two in five lack even basic sanitation. More than 72 million children in the developing world, the majority of them girls, are going without an education.
NZ should demand US scale back stricter access rules to generic drugs in TPP talks. Despite commitment to end AIDS, the US government is introducing stronger intellectual property rules through trade agreements, like the TPPA currently being negotiated with New Zealand and seven other countries - and bilateral pressure that will undermine the fight against AIDS by devastating the ability of developing countries to access affordable anti-retroviral medicines.
Getting clean water to people is not impossible – it just takes someone to do something.
It should be as easy as turning on a tap. Yet for Rosita, there’s a mountain and 10,000 deadly parasites between her and safe water for her children.
But you can do something.
As donor aid levels plummet, children in developing countries could face a bleak future as they miss out on the chance to go to school. Ahead of a high level Global Partnership for Education (GPE) meeting in Copenhagen on November 8, international agency Oxfam has called for rich country donors and the World Bank to put money on the table for basic education.
A major health insurance scheme in Ghana that the World Bank is pushing as a success model for other developing countries is severely flawed and not working for most Ghanaians, according to a new report by international agency Oxfam and Ghanaian non-governmental organisations.
The current health system in Ghana is unfair and inefficient. Coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been hugely exaggerated, and could be as low as 18%. Instead that most people are having to continue to pay out-of-pocket for their health care in a parallel "cash-and-carry" system. The government can and should move fast to implement free health care for all citizens.
The proliferation of substandard, dangerous medicines in poor countries is being used by rich countries as an excuse to tighten intellectual property rules, boosting the profits of large pharmaceutical companies while making it harder for poor people to get access to the medicines they need, according to a report published today by international agency Oxfam.
Poor-quality, or 'substandard', medicines threaten patients and public health in developing countries. Prioritization of medicines regulation by developing-country governments, with the technical and financial support of rich countries, is badly needed. Under the guise of helping to address dangerous and ineffective medicines, rich countries are pushing for new intellectual-property rules and reliance on police - rather than health regulatory - action. This approach will not ensure that medicines consistently meet quality standards. Worse, new intellectual property rules can undermine access to affordable generic medicines and damage public health. Developing countries must improve medicines regulation – not expand intellectual-property enforcement - in order to ensure medicine quality.