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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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Voices
The Problem with Criminalizing Sex Workers’ Clients  

Kate McGrew, coordinator at Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, explains how labor rights can protect sex workers in ways criminalization can’t.

Publication
Amplifying Voices: Decade Edition 2005–2015

This is a special edition of Amplifying Voices that includes highlights of the Open Society Initiative for East Africa’s work from 2005 to 2015.

Report
Advancing Public Health through Strategic Litigation

These six case studies examine how strategic litigation can help to ensure better public health outcomes.

Voices
Imprisonment of TB Patients Declared Unconstitutional in Kenya

The practice of incarcerating tuberculosis patients was rebuked by the country’s High Court, putting an end to a dangerous and inhumane practice.

Event
Changing Constitutional Law in the Post-Scalia Era: Lessons from the Past for the Future  

Award-winning constitutional scholar David Cole discusses his new book, Engines of Liberty, which explores how citizen activists have successfully shaped constitutional law.

Voices
In Kenya, Overcoming Drug Fears to Expand Access to Palliative Care

The UN’s global drug policy debate is a crucial chance to ensure the need for palliative care demand is met in Kenya and beyond.