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Accountability in Health

Accountability in Health

Strong and independent citizens’ groups play an instrumental role in ensuring that government, health care institutions, and health programs are held accountable to the communities they are designed to serve. The Open Society Foundations work to ensure that civil society groups have the information, skills, and capacity to hold governments accountable for their actions.

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Recent Work

Voices
Uganda’s Leap Forward on the Right to Health

After a woman died from medical neglect during childbirth, Ugandan courts stepped in and delivered a big victory for all.

Publication
Expert Meeting on Social Accountability and Legal Empowerment

This paper summarizes the discussions and conclusions from a December 2014 meeting about joining social accountability and legal empowerment efforts to protect the health and rights of marginalized groups.

Voices
The Way We Get New Medicines Doesn’t Work  

A new documentary details the many ways in which medical innovation prioritizes corporate interests.

Event
Sex, Drugs, and Canadian Politics: Advancing Human Rights for Sex Workers and People Who Use Drugs  

Pivot Legal Society’s Katrina Pacey and Adrienne Smith discuss how the organization is advancing rights in Canada through litigation and advocacy.

Voices
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.

Event
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.