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Sister Mandava and Dianna Mcgapa, demonstrate the difficulties of working by candle light at the Mazuru clinic back in 2011 when there was no electricity. Credit: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Electrifying health care - saving lives in Zimbabwe

For poor women in parts of rural Zimbabwe the cost of two candles can be the difference between health and hunger, and even sometimes between life and death. In the first in a series of blog posts...

A trader in Lower Shebelle, Somalia, on the phone. Credit: Oxfam

Reaching the unreachable through SMS health messages in Somalia

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal childhood disease which is close to being eradicated globally. When a fresh outbreak of the disease occurred in Somalia in 2013 urgent action was needed....

Drilling borehole at MSF's IPD Paediatric Hospital Monrovia. Credit: Andy Clarke/Oxfam

Engineering in the Ebola response: We hadn’t been here before

Water and sanitation engineer Andy Clarke describes his experience of responding to the unprecedented challenge of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He explains why being able to adapt to people's...

Teacher Moses A. Tholley sits in a classroom on the outskirts of Freetown. Mr Tholley and the other teachers are forced to carry water from the river on their heads. Oxfam is in the process of building a water pump for the nearby community. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Back to school: Improving water and sanitation facilities in Ebola hit countries

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is not over yet, but as the number of new cases of the disease has reduced, schools have re-opened. Here Thuli Ndlovu, Ebola response communications officer, explains...

A health care worker, wearing basic infection prevention and control protection at Sister Agnes Clinic in Gardensville, Liberia. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

7,000 people, one clinic, no running water: Ebola and health systems

The Ebola crisis has drawn attention to the state of health care systems in West Africa. Here Ebola policy lead, Jess Skinner, describes how health care workers in Liberia have continued to provide...

Changing people's behaviours towards hand washing in emergencies

Sonya Sagan is working on a global framework for promoting hand washing  with soap, using emotional motivators to encourage behaviour change. ...

Community health volunteers in Liberia (Credit: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam)

Active case finding as a key part of the Ebola response

Duoi Ampilan, one of our public health promoters, talks about how our work on active case finding, whereby Oxfam went to communities to find cases of Ebola and other illnesses, became a key part...

A boy walks down a dirty lane (Credit: Alan Brouder/Oxfam)

An unsanitary tale of urban Pakistan

Floods and drought in rural areas are leading to mass migration into urban centres, however, weak governance and disempowered communities are leading to ever-worsening issues of sanitation and hygiene....

Triage at Rokupa Isolation Centre (Credit: Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam)

The global health workforce crisis: what we can learn from the Ebola outbreak

It's eight months since the World Health Organisation declared the Ebola outbreak as an emergency. During that time, the virus has claimed more than 5,000 lives and devastated communities across...

Community Health Workers Alima Jamboria and Aminatta Fofanah educating people about Ebola. (Credit: Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam)

Talking the talk - fighting Ebola through public health campaigns

Seventy years worth of experience working to combat the spread of infectious diseases has taught us that public health campaigning will be critical in stopping the spread of Ebola. Here, Jonathan...

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