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A tiger worm sourced for use in a toilet from a river bank

Tigers in the toilet

Could the Tiger Toilet be a long lasting sanitation solution for refugee camps? We think it could be. ...

Plastic latrine slabs next to newly dug latrine hole, South Sudan

Responding to our toilet duties – an important subject!

Sanitation in emergency contexts must consider a diverse range of social, environmental, cultural and economic parameters. Jenny Lamb explores what this means for Oxfam and for Water Sanitation and...

Open sewage runs through Mukuru slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Perou/ Oxfam

Container based sanitation could solve the world’s toilet problems

LEARNING: Oxfam recently hosted its first International Toilet Summit, where participants were challenged to think big about one of the world's biggest sanitation challenges: how to get...

What can the Ebola crisis teach us about responding to Zika?

As concern grows about the link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and an increase in babies born with abnormally small heads Nigel Timmins, Oxfam's Humanitarian Director, reflects on what...

Campaigning on International Children's Day in Zugidid, Georgia. Credit: DEA/Oxfam

Nothing about us, without us: lessons from our work with young people

What has Oxfam learnt from four years of working with young people on their rights to healthcare, education and sexual and reproductive health (SRH)? Imogen Davies, My Rights, My Voice Programme...

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...

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