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Access to Medicines

Access to Medicines

Despite advances in medical science, affordable safe and effective medicines remain inaccessible to billions of people worldwide. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to increase access to essential medicines for people in low-resource countries, especially for poor and marginalized populations.

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Recent Work

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Mass Deaths in Crimea as Russia Bans Methadone  

The annexation of Crimea upended many lives—particularly those whose life-saving treatments for drug dependence were abruptly taken away.

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Will the Syriza Party Solve Greece’s Health Care Crisis?

After years of rampant unemployment, nearly one in five Greeks lacks health insurance. Now, access to medicines must be a priority for the new government.

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A Cheap, Safe Way to Prevent Thousands of Overdose Deaths

The medicine naloxone could easily save countless lives. Why isn’t it used more often?

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Solving Wicked Problems: Lessons on Systems Change from Diverse Fields  

Synthesizing lessons from three movements—disability rights, workers’ rights, and global health—three Open Society Fellows explore strategies and tactics potentially applicable across a range of issue areas.

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Undermining the Global Fight

This report examines the impact the Global Fund’s withdrawal from middle-income countries may have on key populations, and highlights the need for increased funding of human rights–related programs.

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Why Ebola Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Drug Development

The lack of drugs to cure or prevent Ebola shows that the private drug development is not meeting public health needs. Luckily, a new public model is emerging.

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Public Health Program, Open Society Foundations–New York
Project Director, Access to Medicines
Open Society Foundations–New York, Public Health Program