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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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When Does a Hospital Become a Jail? When You Can’t Afford the Bill.

After a Kenyan hospital detained two mothers after childbirth for nonpayment, it set in motion a landmark case with implications for human rights throughout the region.

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Global Narratives About Social Change  

An international panel of advocates discusses the possibilities and limitations of deploying strategic litigation as a tool for social change.

Drugs and the Death Penalty: Capital Punishment and Global Drug Control  

The Open Society Global Drug Policy Program and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty convene a panel of experts to discuss capital punishment in the context of international law and global drug control.

Ukraine Applies Anti-Torture Standards to Health Care

Since deciding the Convention against Torture applies to health facilities, Ukraine has helped patients get the palliative care they need.

Uganda’s Leap Forward on the Right to Health

After a woman died from medical neglect during childbirth, Ugandan courts stepped in and delivered a big victory for all.

Injustice Is Bad for Your Health

Violations of rights pose a fundamental threat to people’s health and well-being. Thankfully, programs that improve people’s access to justice can help.