Prison Health

PRISON HEALTH

Health protection in prisons is a serious public health issue. Even though international law recognises the right of everyone, including people deprived of their liberty, in practice, many prisoners receive healthcare of a lower standard to the one available outside of the prison, if they receive treatment at all.

In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the unbearable circumstances and lack of coherency within the penal systems of the regions exists. AFEW recognizes the importance of people living within prisons receiving the same healthcare and life opportunities during and after their stay in prison. Together with prison authorities, AFEW is in constantly implementing prison health projects that seek collaboration with organisations working in prison. Having expertise in prison health, AFEW continues and expands its role in supporting HIV, TB and viral hepatitis prevention and care in prisons. We promote essential elements like harm reduction, including needle and syringe programmes, and opioid substitution therapy. Transitional client management that prepares prisoners for release and ensures linkage to follow-up after release is a valuable variant of client management that meets many of (ex)prisoners’ needs.

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Global Prison Trends 2020

Penal Reform International released a document Global Prison Trends 2020. ...

EECA’s response to COVID-19. Prison health.

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AFEW International asks international organisations to take immediate action

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Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison

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

Penal Reform International (PRI), in partnership with the Prison Reform Trust (PRT), has published a guide for prison and probation staff to help them ...

AFEW International and ICAP at Columbia University to improve HIV services in prisons in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

In 2020, AFEW and ICAP at Columbia University will partner to implement «Technical Assistance to Central Asian National HIV Programs to Achieve and S ...

Status report on prison health in the WHO European Region

WHO HIPP has launched the Status report on prison health in the WHO European Region. ...

HIV in prison is not a death sentence

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