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University of Sydney helps to close the gap

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The annual National Close the Gap Day held on March 24 serves as a focal point of efforts on the Close the Gap campaign. This year was really successful, with over 850 individual events held across the nation.

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Fitzroy Stars helping to Close the Gap

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In celebration of National Close the Gap Day we join the Fitzroy Stars, an Aboriginal football club, on their training weekend. Not only is the club helping its players to live healthier lifestyles, it’s also spreading the word in the community about closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal men and other Australians.

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Crisis of poor quality medicines being used as an excuse to push up prices for poor

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A new report from Oxfam, “Eye on the ball” discusses how poor-quality medicines pose a serious threat to patients and public health in developing countries. The World Health Organisation estimates nearly one-third of all countries lack adequate drug-regulatory capacity to monitor medicines safety.

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Dyeing rivers: Environmental concerns for China’s garment sector

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Investigations by environmental NGO Greenpeace East Asia have uncovered serious environmental degradation, including high concentrations of heavy metals, in Chinese manufacturing centres Xintang and Gurao.

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Rebuilding Haiti: Latrines change lives

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Follow the flies. That was the idea behind a simple but eye-opening public health lesson Oxfam brought to the people of Tapion, a small community in the Haitian hills of Petit Goave. This lesson helped change their lives in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti a year ago.

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Sandblasted jeans: A worn out look that can kill

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The lives of men and women who operate sandblasting equipment are at serious risk. The popular denim finishing technique is known to cause a severe form of silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhalation of dust containing free crystalline silica.

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Literacy…an invaluable gift unwrapped

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Whether working in a Phnom Penh garment factory or living in a remote rural village, literacy can be a ticket towards a better life.

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The future of bee-keeping in Honduras

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Honduran bee-keeper German Garcia Lara is feeling the effects of climate change, as he struggles with increasingly unpredictable rain patterns, longer dry spells and warming temperatures that threaten the production of his hives.

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Sharing the basics

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This is the sort of pump which is generally used in rental house areas, including my family’s home. This single pump is used by about 10 different rental houses (20-30 people). Because of the large amount of people using it sometimes the water comes up murky.

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Surrounded by a river of cholera: Part 2

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Part 2 in our series of posts from a unique village in Papua New Guinea that’s built entirely on the Sepik River. The community there faces may health challenges, and Oxfam is helping to reduce the risk of disease.

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Surrounded by a river of cholera: Part 1

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Chris Johnson travels to Papua New Guinea to meet people in a very unique village unlike anywhere else on the planet. Kambaramba 1 literally rises up out of the Sepik River and is now surrounded by a deadly, invisible disease infecting the water the makes up its very foundation.

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Helping gardens grow

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Somawathi Gunapala, from Pillanduwa village, in central Sri Lanka picks ripe snake beans from the vegetable garden she has established with four other community members, with Oxfam Australia’s support. Environmentally friendly home gardens are helping poor families in Sri Lanka grow more food to eat and earn an income. Quintos Andesinghe walks in from the […]

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Haiti six months on: promoting public health

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One entertaining way Oxfam have been been able to get the message out about public health and hygiene is through theatre.

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The Fitzroy Stars Football Club

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The Fitzroy Stars are an Aboriginal football club based in Melbourne. The club promotes health and fitness, and also helps build self esteem among the players. It offers pathways to employment and education as well as serving as a meeting place for the wider Aboriginal community. Oxfam has been a proud supporter of the Fitzroy […]

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