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

October 8, 2015 | by Joan Marston

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

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A Social Justice Advocate’s Winding Path to Public Health

October 1, 2015 | by 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 | by 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.

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Open Society Scholars Bring Mental Health Services to Afghanistan

September 30, 2015 | by 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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Yes, Strengthen the Health System—But Strengthen It for All

September 22, 2015 | by Christine Stegling

Christine Stegling is working to make sure that as we strengthen the global health system, no one is left behind.

Ukraine Applies Anti-Torture Standards to Health Care

September 1, 2015 | by Naomi Burke-Shyne

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

A Human Rights Treaty Finally Recognizes the Right to Palliative Care

August 24, 2015 | by Gabriela B. de Luca

Latin American signatories to a groundbreaking resolution vow to provide pain medication, psychological services, and other support to dying patients.

The Open Society Foundations Remember “Bo” Burt

August 19, 2015 | by Kathleen Foley

As a board member for the Project on Death in America, Burt worked tirelessly to transform the culture of dying in the United States.

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Separating Fact from Fiction in the Cannabis Debate

August 12, 2015 | by Dan Werb

With the rapid movement on cannabis regulation happening around the world, it’s more important than ever that the public gets the hard facts.

Ukraine’s Deadly Medicines Bottleneck

August 4, 2015 | by Daniel Wolfe

With the government turning its back on regions it has lost control of, dwindling medicine stockpiles in Ukraine threaten the lives of thousands.