PHR mourns the untimely loss of Dr. Paul Epstein, one of our pioneering medical activists, former board and executive committee member. Paul joined PHR's board in 1987 soon after the organization's launch, and participated in several landmark assessments.
Physicians for Human Rights has created a guide to assist policymakers, health workers, and civil society comprehensively respond to stigma and discrimination in the health sector, and to secure patients’ rights.
To support applicants in including health systems strengthening interventions in their proposals, PHR and the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative, an international civil society-led coalition supported by the Global Health Workforce Alliance, in collaboration with Health Systems 20/20, have developed this Health Systems Strengthening Toolkit for Global Fund Round 10 Proposals.
Stigma, Discrimination, and PEPFAR Partnership Framework Agreements: An Analysis of Selected Issues in Five Agreements
PHR has analyzed how four final and one draft PEPFAR partnership framework agreement have addressed several issues related to stigma and discrimination: legal and regulatory reform, stigma and discrimination in the health sector, and recognition of the need to address stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities. Partnership framework agreements set out the strategic framework for how the United States and partner countries will cooperate in combating AIDS over the next five years, and will be followed by more detailed implementation plans.
In a concise format that should be attractive to policymakers and advocates alike, this document offers guidance on how to ensure that human rights, and in particular the right to health, inform the process of developing, funding, and monitoring health workforce plans, and the content of those plans. Such an approach is an obligation of countries and recognized good practice.