Sign Oxfam petition - Health and Education for All!

Every day:

- 80 million children don’t go to school, and most of them are girls

- 8000 people die of HIV and AIDS, many because they can’t afford the drugs they need

Classrooms with teachers, clinics with nurses, and affordable medicines. For millions of people, these things are still a distant dream.

How can we make this dream a reality?

By making sure poor countries have money and power to invest in free health and education – especially for those who need it most. It’s the call at the heart of our campaign.

Why campaign on health and education?

Millions of people in the developing world are denied their right to schools and health care. This situation is increasing poverty and causing suffering on an unimaginable scale.

We demand an end to this scandal, and call on the international community to:

* provide more and better aid for six million more well-trained and well-paid teachers, doctors and nurses for poor countries,

* enable poor country governments to provide quality healthcare and education for everyone, especially the poorest people.

As things stand, countries like Mali, India and Georgia struggle to provide good health care and education for everyone. Success

In 2005, 40 million people campaigned against poverty as part of the Make Poverty History campaign.

As a result, rich countries promised an extra $50 billion in aid every year by 2010, and pledged to cancel most of the debts of 42 poor countries.

Where these promises have been met, lives have changed. In Zambia for instance, people no longer have to pay for health care, because of debt cancellation and an increase in aid.

This is great news. But many poor countries are still waiting for the money and support they need from rich nations and powerful international organizations to provide quality health and education for all.

What now

Millions of people urgently need health care and education today.

The 2015 deadline set for governments to meet their Millennium Development Goals to fight poverty approaches fast. Progress on both the health and the education goals is woefully inadequate.

In the next year Oxfam will continue to campaign with others to demand change. We will call for the EU and the G8 to give the long-term funding and support poor countries need, and other organizations to support poor countries to provide health care and education for all.

Information taken from:

Nasi Partnerzy Amani Kibera Instytut Globalnej Odpowiedzialności Counter Balance Polska Akcja Humanitarna Grupa Zagranica Bankwatch Network Polska Zielona Sieć