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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil
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Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell
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After the Storm: Building a Better Houston

November 3, 2017John Henneberger

Open Society Voices

Why Mothers of Children with Disabilities Are Suddenly Talking in Kyrgyzstan

November 17, 2015 | Kimberly O’Haver

In a country where disabilities invite stigma and discrimination, a discussion group is starting to change minds—and, possibly, laws.

Latin America’s Crackdown on Drugs Defies Its Progressive Rhetoric

November 12, 2015 | Catalina Pérez Correa, Coletta A. Youngers

The region’s leaders are vocal proponents of smarter drug policy, but a look at their recent incarceration rates suggests they’re not practicing what they preach.

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

October 29, 2015 | Evelyne Opondo

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.

All Too Familiar with the War on Drugs, Latin America Offers Advice to Africa

October 27, 2015 | Daniela Westphal Huber

At the center of the world’s illicit drug trade, Latin America is well positioned to teach other regions of the Global South what it’s learned about smarter drug policy.

Only a Radical Overhaul of the System Can Reclaim Medicines for the Public Interest

October 21, 2015 | Els Torreele

The pharmaceutical industry isn’t delivering innovation the public needs—but drug makers are reaping the profits they demand. It’s time to rethink the system.

Social Workers in Kyrgyzstan Fight for Respect

October 15, 2015 | Saltanat Childress, Bermet Ubaidillaeva

In a country reeling from health, migration, and economic crises, the professionals who work to hold families and communities together are shockingly undervalued.

Children Around the World Aren’t Getting the Palliative Care They Need

October 8, 2015 | Joan Marston

Myths, fears, and more keep children with life-limiting illness from the mind, body, and spiritual care they have a right to.

A Social Justice Advocate’s Winding Path to Public Health

October 1, 2015 | Mindy Eve Myers

Dr. Vicki Breitbart’s career path has taken many twists and turns, but a belief in the importance of civil society has always served as its guide.

Why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Need Good Drug Policy

October 1, 2015 | Ursula Sanchez

From gender inequality to land rights, the factors that fuel the illicit drug market are also development issues, which is why drug policy must be included in the SDGs.

Open Society Scholars Bring Mental Health Services to Afghanistan

September 30, 2015 | Zoe Brogden

A group of Open Society scholarship recipients trained in mental health counseling are transporting those skills to Afghanistan, a place where counseling doesn’t exist.

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