Responding to emergencies
We’re world leading experts in public
health in emergencies. And we have a long record of saving lives in a crisis.
We also provide hygiene kits, seeds
and tools, vaccinations and fodder for livestock, and food. And we train health
promoters, lobby people in power to protect those affected by conflicts, and
give people cash for work.
Because we work in 92 countries, we’re
usually right there when an emergency happens – ready to respond right away. Like
the drought in East Africa in 2011, or the devastating earthquake that struck
Haiti in January 2010. We were there before the UN declared a crisis, providing
clean water, latrines and hygiene kits.
Oxfam lobbies governments and bodies
like the UN, influencing international responses to conflicts and disasters – not
only by raising funds for relief work and pressing for swifter aid, but also to
end the injustices that lie at the root of so many conflicts and disasters.
We also campaign to curb the supply of
arms that fuel violence. Along with allies such as Amnesty International and
IANSA, we call for strict controls on the global trade in arms, through the Control Arms campaign.
Through this campaign we’ve helped
persuade the majority of the world’s governments to develop an Arms Trade
Treaty. Now we're working to make sure the Treaty is agreed and effective.
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