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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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The Link Between Functioning Toilets and Justice  

In Cape Town’s informal settlements, people face the threat of assault, rape, and murder simply because they don’t have access to a secure toilet near their home.

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Building an Open Burma Through Medical Ethics  

Professor Myaing Myaing Nyunt says that something as simple as teaching doctors and students about consent forms will encourage democratic transition.

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A Win for Victims of Forced Sterilization in Namibia

In a ruling that could have implications throughout Africa, Namibia’s highest court ruled that public hospitals violated the rights of five women by sterilizing them without their informed consent.

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Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

For Ugandan lawmakers, it seems the best cure for a public health problem is a draconian prison sentence.

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Count the Costs of the “War on Drugs”  

Representatives from a coalition of rights-based organizations discuss their call for a new approach to United Nations drug policy.

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Combining Litigation with Social Mobilization: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Two of South Africa’s most recognized legal activists talk about using the law to campaign for the human rights of people living with HIV.