Health and Well-being Rights

Supporting the right to adequate standards for physical and mental health and wellbeing, including adequate food, clothing, and housing. This right recognizes that every person is entitled to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families and to the continuous improvement of living conditions.

11%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$264 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Of this 11%
81% Right to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health
15% Right to Adequate Housing
5% Right to Rest and Leisure

Top Funders

  1. Nationale Postcode Loterij $34.82 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $30.52 M
  3. The Atlantic Philanthropies $28.37 M
  4. The California Endowment $24.22 M
  5. Comic Relief UK $16.21 M
  6. Ford Foundation $15.66 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $15.27 M
  8. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $9.91 M
  9. W. K. Kellogg Foundation $8.51 M
  10. Hivos $8.23 M
  11. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $3.20 M
  12. Howard G. Buffett Foundation $3.03 M
  13. The Henry Smith Charity $2.84 M
  14. The Skoll Foundation $2.50 M
  15. Stop AIDS Now $2.42 M
  16. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation $2.25 M
  17. Tides Foundation $2.15 M
  18. EEA and Norway Grants $2.00 M
  19. Human Dignity Foundation $1.88 M
  20. Segal Family Foundation $1.84 M
  21. Public Welfare Foundation $1.83 M
  22. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.75 M
  23. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $1.69 M
  24. Fundación ONCE $1.68 M
  25. Trust for London $1.68 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

8%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$289.2 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Global Fund $120.67 M
  2. Canada $35.77 M
  3. Sweden $33.64 M
  4. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) $20.20 M
  5. European Union Institutions $14.37 M
  6. Norway $12.55 M
  7. Spain $9.64 M
  8. Belgium $7.42 M
  9. Finland $6.65 M
  10. Denmark $6.49 M
  11. Netherlands $5.23 M
  12. United States $4.10 M
  13. Germany $4.01 M
  14. Switzerland $2.56 M
  15. Australia $1.72 M
  16. France $1.44 M
  17. Ireland $0.72 M
  18. United Kingdom $0.64 M
  19. Austria $0.47 M
  20. Italy $0.32 M
  21. Korea $0.24 M
  22. New Zealand $0.18 M
  23. Iceland $0.11 M
  24. Luxembourg $0.04 M
  25. Slovak Republic $0.03 M
  26. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$19,085,295 (7%)
165 Grants (8%)

Caribbean

$1,386,811 (1%)
23 Grants (1%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$14,014,982 (5%)
240 Grants (12%)

Global Programs

$40,112,384 (15%)
130 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$11,851,657 (4%)
162 Grants (8%)

Middle East & North Africa

$3,045,086 (1%)
25 Grants (1%)

North America

$111,136,566 (42%)
693 Grants (35%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$48,834,763 (18%)
350 Grants (18%)

Western Europe

$28,992,554 (11%)
245 Grants (13%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Population Focus

Children & Youth

$55,333,252 (21%)
486 Grants (25%)

People with Disabilities

$26,410,977 (10%)
266 Grants (14%)

Women & Girls

$20,342,857 (8%)
346 Grants (18%)

Population Focus includes funding explicitly targeted to benefit specific groups and only illustrates those accounting for the largest shares of grant dollars or grants. See Methodology for details on how regional focus and population focus were determined and limitations.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$107,156,070 (41%)
663 Grants (34%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$46,139,517 (17%)
306 Grants (16%)

Research and Documentation

$40,205,524 (15%)
226 Grants (12%)

Figures represent only grants that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. In addition, grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • BrazilFoundation supported Associação Fênix in Brazil to provide legal counsel for families of those suffering from HIV or Hepatitis to fight for their rights guaranteed under present-day legislation.
  • The Skoll Foundation supported Shack/Slum Dwellers International in South Africa for work to help slum dwellers improve their living conditions.

Case Studies