Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. It works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives with having a say in decisions that affect them. The principal belief is that people should have a respect for human rights and that will help alleviate poverty.
Oxfam partners with more than 3,000 local organizations. Their efforts are focused on: Community Development, Emergency Relief, Advocacy for Change in Practices, and Policy Research. It supports partner organizations in Africa and elsewhere working in the prevention of HIV and AIDS and caring for those who are ill, as well as local groups to lobby for the rights of those infected and affected by the disease. The issues that Oxfam works on are: active citizenship, agriculture, aid effectiveness, climate change, education and effective aid in action, peace and security, HIV and Aids, trade and youth outreach.
Links to the health workforce crisis
Aid money has helped to reduce the number of mothers dying in childbirth by over 50% in the last ten years; it has also help to significantly reduce the number of children who die before they get to see their fifth birthday. This is mainly because Oxfam has helped countries, like Mozambique, use the resources to train and pay for many committed health workers and to build more health centers giving people access to vital services and medicines.
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