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Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Palliative care is a holistic health care approach that improves the quality of life for patients and their families by addressing the psychosocial, legal, and spiritual problems associated with life-threatening illness. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to make palliative care a sustainable, essential part of public health systems worldwide.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Investing in Roma Health  

First established in 2008, the Roma Health Scholarships Program was intended to support young Roma trying to ensure their communities got the health care they deserved. More than a decade later, there’s no doubt it worked.

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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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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.

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The War on Drugs Is Holding Science Back

The Schedule 1 drug law classification used by the United Kingdom and the United States slows scientific knowledge and human progress in the name of a discredited approach to regulating drugs.

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Ending Latin America’s Crisis of Avoidable Pain

Decades of failed drug policies have turned many patients in Latin America into collateral damage. States must do more to ensure people can get the palliative care they need.

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Central Asia at History’s Crossroads  

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.