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Six-fold increase in people suffering famine-like conditions since pandemic began

A new Oxfam report reveals that as many as 11 people are likely dying of hunger and malnutrition each minute. This is more than the current global death rate of COVID-19, which is around seven people per minute. Overall, 155 million people around the world are now living in crisis levels of food insecurity or […]

Statement on ceasefire in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

Shane Stevenson, Oxfam Country Director for the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, said: “Finally, for the first of 12 consecutive nights, two million Palestinians in Gaza, including hundreds of thousands of traumatised children, can rest rather than lie awake in fear as bombs fly over their homes.  And civilians across Israel will be spared the threat […]

Nearly half a million people out of reach in Gaza: Oxfam

Oxfam said today that it cannot reach around 450,000 or more people in Gaza because of fighting and aerial bombardment. Oxfam staff are trying to resume their humanitarian and livelihood programs with a network of partners, but the current destruction and indiscriminate threat to life make any emergency aid impossible to mount. The international agency should […]

Government’s cash splashing budget fails to address twin threats of global pandemic and climate change: Oxfam

Commenting on last night’s Federal Budget and its impact on aid, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said:  “Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said this budget is about protecting Australians, but then failed to address the two biggest threats to our community: the global pandemic and climate change. “The Treasurer also said his Government is about providing […]

Oxfam India welcomes the US decision to back the waiver of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines

“We awake today in India with some fresh new hope that there is a genuine solution possible ahead of us – that we have been heard – and that our country as well as others suffering the horrific effects of rampant COVID-19 infections and deaths will not be forgotten and left behind,” said Amitabh Behar, […]

Over 5 million people face extreme hunger as the Tigray conflict surges past six months

Six months of conflict in northern Ethiopia has deepened a food crisis in the region, leaving more than five million people facing extreme levels of hunger. A climate-fuelled locust infestation had already driven up levels up food insecurity, and now conflict has left thousands of farmers with few tools, little livestock and nothing to plant […]

Pharmaceutical giants shell out billions to shareholders as world confronts vaccine inequality

Ahead of shareholder meetings for the giant pharmaceutical corporations, the People’s Vaccine Alliance calculates that Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca have paid out $26 billion in dividends and stock buybacks to their shareholders in the past 12 months. This would be enough to pay to vaccinate at least 1.3bn people, the equivalent of the […]

Timor-Leste’s most destructive floods in recent memory likely worsened by climate change, as COVID-19 threat looms: Oxfam

Almost half of the population of Timor-Leste’s capital has been impacted by severe flooding, according to government figures, after heavy rains fell on Dili and nearby provinces last week. Cyclone Seroja took the people of Timor-Leste by surprise, with the small nation previously not within the range of such extreme weather events. Oxfam in Timor-Leste’s […]

Failure to vaccinate globally could cost each Australian more than $1300 this year

Rich countries must open the way to cheaper mass-produced COVID-19 vaccines to protect every person in the world and avert a $9 trillion “worst case” global economic catastrophe, Oxfam has warned. Oxfam analysis of recent International Chamber of Commerce figures – that highlighted the flow-on economic impacts of trading partners not having the same level […]

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