Kuchichipitti. Health Clinic.. Dr Jean Yuan PHOTO: Jerry Galea/OxfamAUS


When we’re sick, we visit a doctor. We have access to affordable medicines; clean drinking water is available to us at the turn of a tap, and nutritious food is plentiful.

In fact, we probably can’t imagine what it would be like to go without these things.

But millions of people in poor countries live without them, every single day. A fact that leads to millions of preventable deaths every year.

  • Every minute a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth due to lack of care
  • Every day 5,000 children are killed by pneumonia
  • Disease relating to unclean water is the second biggest killer of children worldwide, after acute respiratory infections like tuberculosis. (Wateraid)

Oxfam is working hard to improve health

Poor health affects people’s ability to improve their lives.

So we’re working with local partners to:

Women and health

Women’s health suffers most in developing countries because of their poor social status. Charged with caring for their families they’re often forced to put their health needs last, and in times of drought, flood or famine they suffer greatly.

Read more about our work on women’s health.

Food and nutrition

Every minute 17 people die of hunger around the world. We’re working to provide sustainable food supplies to those in need.

Read more about our work in food and nutrition.

Indigenous health

At home we’re working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to improve their access to quality healthcare and nutrition.

We’re key supporters of the Close the Gap campaign which focuses on closing the 17-year life expectancy gap between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians.

Clean Water Saves Lifes

Keep Kids Safe From Disease

Yusra wants to be a doctor. But without clean toilets, her life — and her future — are under threat. You can help keep kids safe from disease today.