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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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Five Legal Strategies that Preserve the Rights of Women Living with HIV

Women living with HIV can easily lose their homes and property. The resulting hardship can keep them from treatment, and dependent in relationships. But these legal strategies can help protect their rights and their health.

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In South Africa, Sex Workers Arm Themselves with the Law  

As a criminalized group, sex workers risk abuse form both clients and police alike. Now, sex workers in South Africa offer each other support and legal advice, empowering one another to realize their rights.

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Updates from Ukraine: Implications of a “Post-Maidan” Environment for Open Society  

Inna Pidluska of Ukraine’s International Renaissance Foundation discusses Ukraine’s evolving political culture, early elections, and potential opportunities for civil society and parliamentarians to pursue a reform agenda.

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End AIDS by 2030? Not at This Rate.

Less than one percent of global AIDS funding goes toward human rights work, even though we know it is critical to ending AIDS.

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To Protect and Serve

This report shows how public health–centered law enforcement can reduce the risk of HIV infections among sex workers and people who use drugs.

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Value and Impact of Strategic Litigation: Fool’s Paradise or Indispensable Weapon?  

A panel of grantmakers and practitioners explores the promise and perils of strategic litigation, often a hallmark of Open Society Foundations’ funding and operations.