Essential Services

We focus on ensuring access to quality and affordable health and education for all

​​​​​​17.8 million children in India remain out of school. Millions of poor Indians cannot afford healthcare.


Oxfam India’s focus on ensuring essential services such as health and education is a direct way of reducing the inter-generational inequality that keeps people trapped in poverty.


Our work ensures that a child born in a poorest of poor families has a chance at healthcare, prior to and after birth, and at universal, inclusive and quality elementary education.


An important aspect of our work in essential services is to make financing available for the universal provision of essential services. We campaign for the introduction of progressive tax reforms and for corporations to pay fair taxes owed to the country.

Stories of Change

Stories that inspire us.

12 Oct, 2018

Uttar Pradesh

A day in the life of a 16-year-old Rani

Nearly two crore children are out-of-school in India* and most of them belong to the marginalized sector where families struggle to provide a day’s meal *(As per NSS data).
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15 Nov, 2018

Uttar Pradesh

Her struggle for an education

Tanu* dreams of going to school so she can help her family break out of poverty. Every day she would travel from her slum in Raebareli to study in a nearby Upper Primary School.
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19 Mar, 2019


Nandini's mother helps fortify her daughter's future

9-year-old Nandini was born into a family of Musahars in Bihar.
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26 Apr, 2019


Ajay Goes To School

Ajay*, a class four student, lives in Thudibahal village in Odisha’s Balangir district.
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05 Jul, 2019


Devyani goes back to school

Ten-year-old Devyani* very nearly dropped out of school. Had it not been for Oxfam India and Samerth’s effort, her education would have come to an abrupt end. 
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23 Jul, 2019


Jharkhand’s Geeta* Goes Back to School

Geeta Kumari, a 13 year-old class four student of the Munda community had to drop out of school in 2018.
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