Healthcare is a basic right that must be protected. Although international policy and domestic law should be designed to protect human rights and equality, little attention has been given to the cumulative effect of the global healthcare system as evidenced in the domestic application of healthcare initiatives. This Note critically analyzes international treaties, domestic law, and HIV/AIDS-related initiatives in Haiti to evaluate the efficacy of the global healthcare system. It argues that this system is structurally violent against women, and that this violence is perpetuated through policy and law. Law, policy, and healthcare must better address systemic issues of gender-based violence, discrimination, and gender inequity in order to create an effective and sustainable global healthcare system.

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