Access to Medicines

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Access to Medicines

Access to Medicines

Despite advances in medical science, affordable safe and effective medicines remain inaccessible to billions of people worldwide. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to increase access to essential medicines for people in low-resource countries, especially for poor and marginalized populations.

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Recent Work

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Talking About Race: Harm Reduction and Communities of Color

A discussion on the historical tensions between drug policy advocates and communities of color, which have carried the heaviest burden in both health consequences and punitive criminal justice responses to drug use.

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Addiction Now: Safe Injection Facilities as a Public Health Strategy

Join Open Society Institute–Baltimore and the New Day Campaign to discuss how safe injection facilities reduce overdoses and increase access to treatment.

Voices
Learning from Italy’s Lead on Naloxone

Twenty years ago, doctors responded to a rise in drug overdoses by making the lifesaving medicine available over the counter. What lessons can Italy offer other nations grappling with opioid crises today?

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Public Health in a Populist Moment    

A panel discussion on how right-wing populist politics are shaping the debate about public health.

Voices
Fighting Corruption in Health Care? There’s an App for That

Teams of coders and journalists from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan recently took part in a hackathon to address abuses in government procurement of medicines.

Fact Sheet
Palliative Care and Human Rights for Older Persons

This fact sheet examines the growing need for older persons’ palliative care, and what steps governments should take to promote, protect, and ensure rights and access to care.

Upcoming Events

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A discussion on the historical tensions between drug policy advocates and communities of color, which have carried the heaviest burden in both health consequences and punitive criminal justice responses to drug use.