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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.

Open Society Voices

Fighting an Epidemic in Russia from 3,000 Miles Away

February 26, 2014 by Tatyana Margolin 3

Russia doesn't offer treatment for people who use drugs—only punishment. But an innovative website is helping outreach workers educate drug users about legal rights, empowering them to defend their health.

When Relieving Suffering Means Removing Legal Burdens

January 27, 2014 by Kiera Hepford, Zipporah Ali 9

Caring for patients at the end of life often means more than just pain relief. That's why the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association began training health care providers to become paralegals.

How Improving Women’s Rights Helps Stop AIDS in Africa

December 16, 2013 by Tamar Ezer 9

Women's property rights in Africa have been routinely violated, worsening the AIDS epidemic. Now, two landmark resolutions stand on the side of justice and women's health.