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The Hunger Virus: ” Abysmally low” funding for 55m people facing extreme hunger in seven worst-affected countries

The threat of “Covid famines” and widespread extreme hunger is setting off every alarm bell within the international community, but so far sluggish funding is hampering humanitarian agencies’ efforts to deliver urgent assistance to people in need. A new Oxfam analysis says that the international community’s response to global food insecurity has been dangerously inadequate. […]

New global index shows “catastrophic” failure to tackle inequality left majority of world’s countries woefully unprepared for COVID-19

Very low spending on public healthcare, weak social safety nets and poor labor rights meant the majority of the world’s countries were woefully ill-equipped to deal with COVID-19, reveals new analysis from Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI) today.   The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index (CRII) shows that only 26 out of 158 countries were spending a […]

Oxfam Trailwalker charity event reaches new heights with record sign-ups

New Zealand’s largest team endurance event, Oxfam Trailwalker, is set to welcome a record-breaking number of teams to the Taranaki region on 21-22 March 2021, having surpassed the last record for number of registrations set in 2013. With the borders closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kiwis have turned to this bucket-list event as a […]

COVID survivors from 37 countries write to pharmaceutical bosses to demand a People’s Vaccine

Survivors of COVID-19 from 37 countries are among almost 1,000 people who have signed an open letter to pharmaceutical industry leaders calling for a ‘people’s vaccine’ and treatments that are available to all – free from patents. The letter comes on the eve of a high-level side event about the pandemic at the UN General Assembly in New York tomorrow (30 September).     The signatories include 242 COVID-19 survivors from South Africa to Finland […]

Over 21,000 people killed since UN global ceasefire resolution

At least 21,347 people have been killed in conflict, including more than 5,800 civilian adults and children who were directly targeted[i], despite the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution calling for a global cessation of hostilities some 90 days ago. Instead of a ceasefire, allowing countries and humanitarian organisations to focus on battling the […]