Women in prison: mental health and well-being – a guide for prison staff

People in prison have a disproportionately high rate of poor mental health, and research shows these rates are even higher for women in prison. While primary care remains the responsibility of healthcare professionals, frontline prison staff play an important role in protecting and addressing mental health needs of women in prison.

Penal Reform International (PRI), in partnership with the Prison Reform Trust (PRT), has published a guide for prison and probation staff to help them understand how prison life can affect a person’s mental health, with a focus on women. The guide aims to break down the stigma and discrimination attached to poor mental health, especially for women in prison.

This guide is written to help understand how life in prison can affect a person’s mental health, with a focus on women. It describes how to recognise the signs of poor mental health and how best to respond. It also includes a checklist based on international human rights standards aimed to help with the implementation of key aspects of prison reform and advocacy initiatives in line with international standards and norms.

Published with the support of Better Community Business Network (BCBN) and the Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust.

Find the guidelines here – PRI-Women-in-prison-and-mental-well-being.

Alternative Financing for NPO’s

In recent years, many non-profit organisations (NPO’s) in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) have witnessed significant changes in the structure of their revenues; the volume of grant financing provided by charitable foundations has been gradually decreasing. Such a development has forced NPO’s to search for alternative sources of funding for their programmes and projects. At present, NPO’s are moving towards significantly more complex financing models, such as crowdfunding, involvement of businesses in charitable projects, and the establishment of social enterprises, amongst others. These activities are reaching a new level and becoming more mature and professional; they are now taking into consideration the interests and particularities of all stakeholders involved in the process.

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association has published a collection of cases in which it tried to systematize and present various alternative financing models that are successfully used in modern conditions and which NPO’s can focus on in search of new resources.

This publication offers a description of various alternative financing mechanisms which NPO’s can use in their search for available financial resources, specifically the forms that such mechanisms could take; how the work should be built from the very beginning; what the motives of participating partners in such initiatives could be; and identification of the secrets of success and the possible risks, amongst other issues.

Read here – Alternative_Financing_EN


The response to HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – Global AIDS update 2019

The number people newly infected with HIV in eastern Europe and central Asia increased by 29% between 2010 and 2018. Key populations are disproportionately affected, and they lack access to the HIV services they need. Despite expanded HIV testing services, antiretroviral therapy coverage in the region is lower than in most other regions. Large proportions of people diagnosed with HIV are not being linked to HIV treatment and care.



Legislative analysis related to LGBT rights and HIV in Turkmenistan from ECOM

ECOM presents Legislative analysis related to LGBT rights and HIV in Turkmenistan. Analysis reviews identify the legal barriers for people living with HIV, gay men, other men who have sex with men and trans* people in exercising their rights in different areas. To conduct such review, ECOM developed a methodology and a survey questionnaire, which we filled in with the help of our local partners. When analyzing legal practices, consideration was given both to judicial practices and to the information provided  by activists, received from the organizations documenting cases of human rights violations and protection of such rights, news in mass media, and reports of non-governmental organizations submitted to the international agencies.

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Legislative analysis related to LGBT rights and HIV in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a country with a concentrated HIV epidemic. According to official statistics, as of 1 January, 2018, there were 37,861 registered people living with HIV in Uzbekistan. Get more information about LGBT rights and HV in Uzbekistan you can in «Legislative analysis related to LGBT rights and HIV in Uzbekistan», prepared by ECOM.
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