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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 […]

Massive fire in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps leaves 45,000 people displaced

A massive fire that swept through the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Monday has left 10,000 families—roughly 45,000 people—displaced and in urgent need of food, water, and sanitation services, Oxfam warned today. The fire was yet another devastating blow to the Rohingya people who fled shocking violence and persecution in Myanmar. The fire […]

Oxfam welcomes support for PNG, but more needed

Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam welcomes the Australian Government’s renewed focus on and support for our neighbours in Papua New Guinea, who are now facing a rapidly escalating crisis. “While the PPE and vaccines provided will help Papua New Guinea to respond to this outbreak, the needs on the ground vastly outweigh […]

Oxfam warns of COVID-19 risks in camps following Indonesian earthquake

Oxfam has warned of the risk of an outbreak of coronavirus in the over-crowded camps where people are sheltering following Friday’s earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia. At least 56 people are reported dead, more than 826 injured and more than 15,000 fled from their homes following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged and destroyed hundreds of […]

Terrorist designation puts innocent lives at risk in Yemen: Oxfam

In response to US Secretary of State Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist, Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Policy Lead Scott Paul said: “Secretary Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a terrorist organization is a counter-productive and dangerous policy that will put innocent lives at risk. […]

Homes flattened, thousands in evacuation centres as powerful Tropical Cyclone Yasa strikes Fiji

Oxfam is working with local partners and coordinating with the Fijian government to assess the damage and needs of affected communities following Cyclone Yasa’s landfall in Fiji yesterday and early this morning. Communities are reporting widespread damage to homes, landslides blocking roads, flooding in coastal and low-lying areas and damaged vegetation. Destructive winds of up […]

One month since Beirut blast and thousands can’t afford a front door

One month since the massive blast in Beirut, tens of thousands of vulnerable people are unable to rebuild their homes, with a single front door costing two months’ worth of a minimum-wage salary, Oxfam warned today. Longstanding inequality, massive inflation and COVID-19 have compounded this humanitarian disaster for tens of thousands, making it almost impossible […]

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