Promise You a Miracle at Oxfam

I have always been a huge supporter of Oxfam. It is such a great organization and recently Oxfam has added further high profile clout to the fight to keep women's reproductive health issues front and centre. Oxfam is utilizing the talent, passion and far-reaching fan base of uber-cool Martha Wainwright and the awe-inspiring Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) to up the ante for reproductive health with the release of"Promised You a Miracle."

This chilling remake highlights the fact that government promises, most notably when dealing with maternal health... should never be miracle.. it should be a reality:

Because ten years ago world leaders signed up to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), which commit to halving the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015. The MDGs included a target to reduce maternal mortality rates by three-quarters by 2015. This target is now the most severely off-track of all the MDGs. These are the biggest promises world leaders have ever made to put people first, and to build a world without poverty.


But unfortunately, these promises are still off track.

  • 350,000 women and girls are still dying every year as a result of complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
  • The vast majority of maternal deaths are avoidable when women have access to vital health care before, during and after birth.

This must stop, and now is the time to act. The G8 summit offers a critical opportunity to tackle maternal mortality.



About Oxfam (from their web site): Oxfam International is a confederation of 14 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change.

We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

What we do

Find out how we work with others to end poverty and injustice, from campaigning to responding to emergencies.

Why we do it

We believe that respect for human rights will help lift people out of poverty.

Our history

Find out more about Oxfam International.


We strive to do what we say we will do. Read about our core values and operating principles against which we measure ourselves.

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