Monday, 9 July 2012

Open Society Foundations’ Grants Program: Request for Proposals “Fighting Torture in Health Care”

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) is requesting proposals from NGOs to apply for the new grants program called “Fighting Torture in Health Care.” OSF is the coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care’s Standards and Litigation Working Group. It is seeking proposals from NGOs to implement proposals from organizations interested in using one or more of the mechanisms described in its recently published training manual to advance existing advocacy efforts to address torture in health care and ensure government accountability.

Background to this Context
“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.

It is precisely because health settings are not thought of as places of abuse that they are monitored poorly, and the violations continue. In early 2011, a coalition of organizations working to combat severe human rights violations in health-care settings launched the Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care to increase government accountability for abuse in health settings. The Campaign partners use legal, advocacy, and community mobilization strategies to at once increase awareness of torture in health care and to demand an end to the abuse.”

The training manual that can aid in developing the proposal can be accessed at this link.
NGOs can submit proposals for a grant of up to $15,000. The deadline to submit proposals is 1 September 2012. For more information, visit this link.

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