Oxfam is a global organization creating lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. They are part of a global movement for change, one that empowers people to create a future that is secure, just and free from poverty. A world where people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and be treated with value and equality.
Oxfam believes that all people should have the right to equitable access to health services. Free health care is a vital public service and key to transforming the lives of people living in poverty, especially women and girls. Oxfam believes that free health care should be universal and that user fees should be abolished. Oxfam promotes the rapid scale-up of publicly provided health care as the primary strategy to reach and help poor people.
Good health care is a fundamental right, not a luxury. People everywhere should be able to visit a local clinic or hospital, and get care and affordable medicines. Every day, millions of people around the world are going without these basic things. Access to affordable healthcare is an essential strategy to end poverty in developing countries and local governments with international support have to invest in their health services.
Oxfam seek to influence the debate on health financing and provision of services through producing research papers and policy briefs. Their online health policy platform, Global Health Check (www.globalhealthcheck.org), shares the practical experiences of and lessons from countries, like Nepal, that have introduced progressive health policies and the removal of user fees and to improve access to healthcare and medicine for the poor.