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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.

Recent Work

Voices
Democracy Is More Than Just Holding Elections  

Wouldn’t you like to give those in power a report card? This is what citizen engagement looks like, and it’s possible for all of us, according to John Gaventa, head of the Coady International Institute.

Event
Austerity: A Failed Experiment on the People  

Martin McKee examines the intellectual underpinnings of European austerity, its alarming health consequences, and what can be done to alleviate them.

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Forced Sterilization and Forced Labor in Uzbekistan  

BBC journalist Natalia Antelava and Matthew Fischer-Daly of the Cotton Campaign discuss Uzbekistan’s ongoing, systematic forced sterilization and forced labor programs.

Publication
Advancing Human Rights in Patient Care: Practitioner Guides

Health systems can too often violate basic rights. The Practitioner Guide Series offers practical, how-to manuals for advancing human rights in patient care.

Voices
Making Laws Work for Patients

Violations of human rights in health care are widespread in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. A series of how-to manuals offers lawyers, patients, and health officials tools for ensuring proper treatment and care for all.

Voices
A Signature Is Not Enough

Protecting patients from forced sterilization will require more than signed forms to ensure consent.