Health systems can too often violate basic rights. The Practitioner Guide Series offers practical, how-to manuals for advancing human rights in patient care.
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The Open Society Foundations promote societies in which the rule of law and respect for human rights safeguard the health status of all, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable. This includes people living with HIV or tuberculosis, people needing palliative care, people who use drugs, people with intellectual disabilities, prisoners and detainees, ethnic minorities, sex workers, and sexual minorities.
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.
Condemning people to pain and illness while they wait for a trial isn’t justice, it’s cruelty. And it must stop.
Protecting patients from forced sterilization will require more than signed forms to ensure consent.
A new law in Malawi finally gives women the right to inherit her husband's estate. In the past, widows and their children were often left with nothing after in-laws took possession of property and valuables. Women's economic disempowerment has been particularly problematic in the shadow of AIDS.