Law and Health: Profile of a New Initiative. Jonathan Cohen OSI Law and Health Initiative Moscow, May 12, 2006. 1. HIV risk and vulnerability. Health issue: Prisoners face a high risk of HIV due to overcrowding and lack of services. Legal strategy:
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Law and Health:Profile of a New Initiative
OSI Law and Health Initiative
Moscow, May 12, 2006
1. HIV risk and vulnerability
Prisoners face a high risk of HIV due to overcrowding and lack of services
Reform sentencing laws to reduce overcrowding in the first place
2. Availability of health services
Low availability of pain medication causes needless suffering among people with terminal illness
Identify and address legal and regulatory barriers to availability of pain medication
3. Abuses within health settings
Roma suffer discrimination, abuse, coercion, and poor quality of care in health settings
Create legal mechanism for lodging complaints against medical personnel
4. Quality of life issues
Despite access to health services, sex workers face constant threat of displacement, eviction, and deportation
Establish legal aid service for sex workers to make claims immigration authorities and landlords
5. Misallocation of health funds
Corruption in Global Fund spending prevents scale-up of HIV/AIDS services
Enforce freedom of information laws to monitor and deter corruption in the first place
Who will do this?
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