Stigma and discrimination are critical factors in the spread of HIV/AIDS. Health care professionals face enormous challenges in addressing this problem in society and within the health sector.
In Africa, a mere 3% of the world's trained health workers struggle to combat 24% of the global disease burden. The World Health Organization estimates that sub-Saharan Africa is suffering a shortage of more than 800,000 doctors, nurses, and midwives, and an overall shortfall of nearly 1.5 million health workers.
PHR details the devastating impact that the ongoing, low-intensity conflict in Chiapas has had on the health and human rights of its civilians.
In May 2004 and January and July 2005, through collecting eyewitness testimony from dozens of Darfurian refugees in Chad, and finding ample evidence of an organized attempt to destroy non-Arab groups, PHR compiled a composit picture of massive destruction in Darfur.
As evidence of US national security interrogation practices emerged, it became clear that psychologically abusive methods of interrogation were at the core of US intelligence gathering. Break Them Down, published by PHR in May 2005, was the first comprehensive review of the use of psychological torture by US forces, examining the devastating health consequences of psychological coercion and explaining how a regime of psychological torture was put into place in the US "war on terror".