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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

Law and Health:Profile of a New Initiative

Jonathan Cohen

OSI Law and Health Initiative

Moscow, May 12, 2006

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1. HIV risk and vulnerability

Health issue:

Prisoners face a high risk of HIV due to overcrowding and lack of services

Legal strategy:

Reform sentencing laws to reduce overcrowding in the first place

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2. Availability of health services

Health issue:

Low availability of pain medication causes needless suffering among people with terminal illness

Legal strategy:

Identify and address legal and regulatory barriers to availability of pain medication

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3. Abuses within health settings

Health issue:

Roma suffer discrimination, abuse, coercion, and poor quality of care in health settings

Legal strategy:

Create legal mechanism for lodging complaints against medical personnel

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4. Quality of life issues

Health issue:

Despite access to health services, sex workers face constant threat of displacement, eviction, and deportation

Legal strategy:

Establish legal aid service for sex workers to make claims immigration authorities and landlords

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5. Misallocation of health funds

Health issue:

Corruption in Global Fund spending prevents scale-up of HIV/AIDS services

Legal strategy:

Enforce freedom of information laws to monitor and deter corruption in the first place

five types of projects
Five types of projects
  • Human rights and disease prevention
  • Legalization of health programs
  • Patients’ rights and patient agency
  • Access to legal services
  • Monitoring and freedom of information
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Who will do this?

HRGGP

OSJI

MHI

NWP

IHRD

IPCI

RHI

SHARP

LAHI

practical details
Practical details
  • Budget; foundation matches
  • Geographic scope
  • Staffing (NY, foundations)
  • Strategic planning
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