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Throughout the world, people who face stigma and discrimination are often left with substandard or no health care. The Open Society Foundations work to establish health policies and practices that are based on evidence and promote social inclusion, human rights, and justice.

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“Scared Straight” Anti-Drug Programs Aren’t Scaring Kids at All

November 25, 2015 by Joanne Csete

A new report suggests that fear-based abstinence programs like D.A.R.E. might actually increase drug use among youth.

The Grim Numbers and Human Cost of Violence against Trans People

November 20, 2015 by Carla LaGata/Carsten Balzer, Boglarka Fedorko 2

This year, 271 murdered trans and gender-diverse people will be added to the list of those honored on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Why Mothers of Children with Disabilities Are Suddenly Talking in Kyrgyzstan

November 17, 2015 by Kimberly O’Haver 1

In a country where disabilities invite stigma and discrimination, a discussion group is starting to change minds—and, possibly, laws.

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This event brings together experiences of researchers, harm reduction advocates, and law enforcement to describe how to protect the rights and health of the most vulnerable members of society.