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A Win for Victims of Forced Sterilization in Namibia

December 17, 2014 | by Nyasha Chingore-Munazvo

Kyrgyzstan’s New Anti-Gay Law Is Even Worse than Russia’s

December 17, 2014 | by Syinat Sultanalieva

Open Society Voices

A Win for Victims of Forced Sterilization in Namibia

December 17, 2014

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.

Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

December 15, 2014 | by Naomi Burke-Shyne

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

When Women Own Land, All Sorts of Problems Disappear

December 4, 2014

A new UN development agenda could make women's property rights a priority—and help combat an array of health and social plights, from domestic abuse to HIV.

Grantee Spotlight

On Disability Rights, Building a Movement One Billion Strong

December 3, 2014 | by Leon Mar

The Disability Rights Fund supports the advocacy work of disabled peoples’ organizations around the globe. The Fund’s mission is clear: ensure that the rights of every person with a disability are respected.

Will a New Funding Strategy Leave Behind HIV’s Most Vulnerable?

December 1, 2014 | by Krista Lauer

The Global Fund’s new funding model for HIV services offers the most money to the poorest countries with the highest prevalence of infection. But in some cases, the best strategy is just the opposite.

Why Ebola Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Drug Development

November 21, 2014 | by Els Torreele

The lack of drugs to cure or prevent Ebola shows that the private drug development is not meeting public health needs. Luckily, a new public model is emerging.

To Stem Violence, States Must Recognize Trans Identities

November 20, 2014

When governments hinder trans people from obtaining documents that match their gender, trans people may face outing, harassment, and violence.

Four Key Lessons from Teaching Human Rights for Health

November 3, 2014 | by Tamar Ezer

For seven years, Open Society has joined medical and law schools to develop 25 courses on human rights and patient care. Here's what it takes to support new generations of rights-respecting health and legal practitioners.

In Sparks of a Fire, Lessons for West African Health

October 31, 2014

A visit to two Dakar schools shows the need for, and potential effectiveness of, training children in Ebola-prevention measures.

Grantee Spotlight

Bringing School to an Orphanage in Kyrgyzstan Means New Prospects for Children

October 24, 2014

Askar, an 11-year-old boy, is an orphan like many in Kyrgyzstan, living with a musculoskeletal disorder and abandoned by birth parents. But he is gaining something like a community.

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