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Cyclone threatens Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh as first Covid-19 cases are confirmed

Almost one million Rohingya people in the world’s largest refugee camp are facing the added threat of a cyclone as the first cases of Covid-19 are confirmed, Oxfam warned today. The cyclone, which looks likely to form off the coast over the weekend, could bring further suffering and destruction to the camps on top of a […]

Vaccinating poorest half of humanity against COVID-19 could cost less than four months’ big pharma profits

Vaccinating the poorest half of humanity – 3.7 billion people – against the COVID-19 coronavirus could cost less than the ten biggest pharmaceutical companies make in four months, Oxfam said today. Ahead of the World Health Assembly next week, Oxfam is urging governments and pharmaceutical companies to guarantee that vaccines, tests, and treatments will be […]

Ceasefire and funding needed by two billion people caught between conflict & COVID-19: Oxfam

Oxfam has calculated that the US$1.9 trillion in 2019 global military spending would have paid for the UN’s updated coronavirus appeal more than 280 times, as the aid agency again calls for the Australian Government to contribute its fair share to the global pandemic response. A new Oxfam report, Conflict in the Time of Coronavirus, […]

Trailwalker Brisbane cancelled

The annual Trailwalker Brisbane has been cancelled by Oxfam Australia because of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and public health policies and restrictions. Oxfam Australia Fundraising Director Andrew Buchanan said the decision was in line with Federal and State government strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, including a ban on non-essential events […]

Rapid and massive increase in aid needed to save millions of lives amid COVID-19 crisis

To live up to the once-in-a-century coronavirus crisis, save lives and build a better global future, Oxfam is calling on wealthy nations to massively and urgently raise new international aid funds. A new briefing prepared by Oxfam, “Whatever it takes. Coronavirus”, calls for wealthy nations – including Australia – to make available the resources needed […]

Oxfam launches appeal as coronavirus threatens lives and livelihoods

As governments scramble to respond to the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, which is threatening the lives of millions and the livelihoods of billions of people, aid organisations like Oxfam are racing to scale up their lifesaving work. Announcing an emergency appeal to help the world’s most vulnerable communities in the face of the crisis, Oxfam Australia […]

New OECD figures show international aid woefully inadequate to fight COVID-19 crisis – Oxfam

Rich countries barely increased international aid by 1.4 percent overall in 2019, while they cut humanitarian assistance by 2.9 percent, according to figures published overnight by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In response to the news, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Political Engagement Emma Bull said that while many wealthy countries gave more […]

G20 debt moratorium is a first step, must go further

Responding to the announcement that the G20 has agreed to suspend debt repayment of the poorest countries, Nadia Daar, Head of Oxfam International’s Washington DC Office, said: “Today’s announcement by the G20 is a critical step and will help poor countries free up billions in funds to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. However, the UN estimates that developing […]

Half a billion people could be pushed into poverty by COVID-19: Oxfam

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic could push half a billion more people – or 8 per cent of the global population – into poverty unless urgent action is taken to support developing countries, Oxfam warned today. The aid agency’s new report, ‘Dignity Not Destitution’, also reveals that in East Asia and the Pacific, […]

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