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Macedonia’s Lessons for Fighting HIV

December 11, 2017 | Andrej Senih

When a key funder pulled back, many advocates for people in Macedonia with HIV feared the worst. But thanks to a mix of grassroots advocacy and targeted political outreach, the fight against the epidemic continues.

How Attorneys in Ukraine Can Use Health Law to Save Lives

September 13, 2017 | Naomi Burke-Shyne, Olena Kucheruk

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.

Moving Beyond Institutions and Supporting Independent Living in Europe

June 8, 2017 | Katharine Boaden

A new documentary shows how deinstitutionalization has transformed the lives of people with disabilities—and underscores the importance of EU funding for independent living.

The False Promise of “End Demand” Laws

June 2, 2017 | Sebastian Kohn

Despite its recent popularity, it’s worth recognizing that the so-called Nordic model of criminalizing the purchasing of sex falls well short of what sex workers in Lyon, France, demanded more than 40 years ago.

A Small Case in Spain Is a Big Victory for Smarter Drug Policy

May 4, 2017 | Constanza Sánchez Avilés, Andrea Langlois

A ruling in Catalonia opens the door to legitimizing ancestral use of the coca leaf.

Learning from Italy’s Lead on Naloxone

March 30, 2017 | Susanna Ronconi

Twenty years ago, doctors responded to a rise in drug overdoses by making the lifesaving medicine available over the counter. What lessons can Italy offer other nations grappling with opioid crises today?

Fighting Corruption in Health Care? There’s an App for That

March 10, 2017 | Akjibek Beishebaeva

Teams of coders and journalists from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan recently took part in a hackathon to address abuses in government procurement of medicines.

Why Europe Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Inequality

February 28, 2017 | Stefano Scarpetta

A new report sheds light on the driving forces behind the rising wealth gap. Left unaddressed, the divide won’t just affect those at the bottom; it will mean a more fractious and unstable future for all.

Greece’s Public Health Crisis Is Hitting Migrants Especially Hard

January 26, 2017 | Nicole Kakantoussi, Marios Atzemis

Two of the country’s most pressing challenges—migration and rising HIV rates—often affect the same people. One organization is tackling both.

Will Brexit Make Britons Less Healthy?

September 2, 2016 | Diarmaid McDonald

Pro-Brexit leaders claimed that by leaving the European Union, the UK could shore up the National Health Service. Instead, they may have imperiled it.

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