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Law and Health

Law and Health

The Open Society Foundations promote societies in which the rule of law and respect for human rights safeguard the health of all, especially the most vulnerable. This includes people living with HIV or tuberculosis, people needing palliative care, people who use drugs, people with disabilities, prisoners, ethnic minorities, sex workers, and sexual minorities.

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Recent Work

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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.

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Injustice Is Bad for Your Health

Violations of rights pose a fundamental threat to people’s health and well-being. Thankfully, programs that improve people’s access to justice can help.

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The UN’s Rebuke of Inheritance Laws Is a Victory for Women’s Health

Discriminatory laws have left widows homeless when their husbands die. That may soon change.

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How Drug Companies and Bad Patents Put Lives at Risk  

By manipulating a system meant to reward innovation, Big Pharma keeps prices high and competition away.

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Meet the New Disability Rights Defenders  

Open Society’s Disability Rights Scholarship Program is cultivating a new generation of lawyers and advocates who can fight for disability rights for years to come.

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Film Screening: African Grandmothers Tribunal

Watch and discuss a new documentary about six African grandmothers who, despite stigma and abuse, care for children orphaned by AIDS. In 2013 they traveled to Canada to give powerful testimony to a landmark people’s tribunal.