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Schools with Fresh Life toilets in Mukuru have seen dramatically increased attendance, particularly of female students. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Improving sanitation in Kenya: toilets have become an obsession

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: In Kenya a child dies every 17 minutes of a preventable disease caused by diarrhoea. Brian McSorley, WASH Coordinator, is passionate about providing clean water and...

Sanitation to fuel

From faeces to fuel: innovation in sanitation

2.5 billion people around the world do not have access to decent sanitation. On World Toilet Day our WASH Coordinator, Brian McSorley, describes some of the innovative ways in which Oxfam is working...

Youth participants take part in participatory video training at the MRMV 2014 Annual Learning Event in The Hague. Credit: Aarati Sharma/Oxfam

Change will come: International Youth Day 2015

For International Youth Day 2015, youth activists involved in Oxfam's My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) programme explain how they've been campaigning to bring about change in access...

Youth campaigners at the National Assembly of CDC Facilitators in Kathmandu, Nepal. Credit: Middleway Communication/Oxfam

Empowering young people and improving maternal health in Nepal

In the lead-up to International Youth Day 2015, Alberto Sanz Martins, Oxfam's Translation Manager, and Audrey Lejeune, Programme Learning Adviser, explain why young people are a force to be reckoned...

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...

Rama, 40. He fled his home with his family when the earthquake began. He now finds shelter in Tundikhe IDP camp, Kathmandu. He would like to go back to his home and has a plan to rebuild it. Oxfam provided water to 15.000 people here. Credit@ Pablo Tosco/Nepal

Mobilizing community health volunteers in Nepal

Providing water and sanitation, and public health promotion to help communities stay safe, are key parts of Oxfam's Nepal Earthquake response. Here Genevive Estacaan explains how Oxfam is training...

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...

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...

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...