Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bringing together law and media to break down barriers

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The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company. As an independent charity, registered in the United Kingdom and United States, it works to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies and promote human rights. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, it uses the combined power of journalism and the law to build global awareness of critical issues faced by humanity, inspire collective leadership and help shape a prosperous world where no one is left behind.

With significant human rights-related barriers fueled by stigma and discrimination, gender inequality, punitive laws and violence, those most in need of health services often cannot access them. The Thomson Reuters Foundation is partnering with the Global Fund to support its innovative “Breaking Down Barriers” initiative, with a focus on gender, LGBT+ and human rights barriers. The Thomson Reuters Foundation will facilitate pro bono legal research and legal capacity-building for civil society partners in key countries supported by the Global Fund. It will also train journalists in Eastern and Southern Africa on human rights and health issues, and raise awareness on human rights barriers to health.

"Access to healthcare is a basic human right. It is also critical in fostering social stability and boosting economic growth. However, stigma, ignorance, prejudice and lack of opportunities are some of the heaviest roadblocks to accessing healthcare for many across the world.

Fair and balanced news coverage informs public opinion. The law protects human rights. Together, they become the key to unlocking systemic change.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is proud to be partnering with the Global Fund on a different approach to reducing global health inequalities, one that harnesses our expertise in the combined power of journalism and the law to ensure marginalised people can receive vital services and treatment with the dignity and respect to which they are entitled."
Antonio Zappulla, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation