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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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Advancing Public Health through Strategic Litigation

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

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.

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.

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.

Brazil Can Fight the Zika Virus with Better Public Policy  

Instead of telling women not to get pregnant, Brazil should be implementing supports for them.

A Push for Balanced Drug Policy Is Transforming Pain Relief in India  

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, founder of Pallium India, is working state by state with health care professionals to make palliative care more pervasive.