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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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Recent Work

Voices
Institutionalization Will Not Solve the U.S. Gun Problem

In response to escalating calls for more gun control, some U.S. leaders have recommended institutionalizing more people with mental health problems instead. But that would be a terrible—and tragic—mistake.

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The Global Pain Crisis: Narrowing the Gap in Access to Palliative Care  

A panel of health experts discuss fighting for better access to pain relief for palliative care in India and Latin America.

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To Protect and Serve: A Conversation About Sex Work, Policing, and Health

Join the New York City HIV Planning Group and the Open Society Public Health Program for a conversation about sex work, policing, and health in New York.

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An Evening with Drs. Chris Beyrer and Jennifer Leaning

The Open Society Public Health Program hosts an evening event with Drs. Chris Beyrer and Jennifer Leaning in honor of their years of service on the Public Health Program Advisory Board.

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Using the UN Human Rights System to Advocate for Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief

This toolkit is a guide to using the United Nations human rights system to advocate for increased access to palliative care and pain relief as a human right.

Voices
How Attorneys in Ukraine Can Use Health Law to Save Lives

In Ukraine and other parts of the world, attorneys who understand how laws governing justice and health intersect have a much better chance of protecting their clients—both literally and legally.