Deadline- September 1, 2012
The Open Society Foundation grants funds for Fighting Torture in Health Care where human rights are severely abused, sometimes amounting to torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. This abuse is especially prevalent in the care of socially marginalized groups— people living with HIV, ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, people who use drugs, and people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems—who may be deemed “deviant,” “incompetent,” and in need of evaluation or “curative” treatment through the health care system.
A wide range of severe abuses in health care have been documented, for example, the denial of cheap and effective pain relief medications for patients suffering excruciating pain under the auspices of a country’s drug addiction prevention strategy, or women and girls with disabilities and/or those living with HIV being sterilized without their consent or understanding at the insistence of their caregivers or because their doctors make the executive decision that they are not fit to raise children.
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