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Working Paper on International Organizations and Prison Health in Europe. Sophia Bessias , WHO Europe. Aims of the Working Paper. To provide an accessible overview * of the activities of organizations active in the field of prison health

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working paper on international organizations and prison health in europe

Working Paper on International Organizations and Prison Health in Europe

Sophia Bessias, WHO Europe

aims of the working paper
Aims of the Working Paper

To provide an accessible overview* of the activities of organizations active in the field of prison health

To summarize normative standards addressing the responsibility of governments – especially national health ministries – for the health of prisoners

  • How?
  • Fact sheets for each organization
    • Mission and mandates
    • Topics of interest in the prison setting
    • Target groups
    • Strategic and operational partners
    • Geographic focus
    • Funding

*selective, not comprehensive

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Target groups for international organizations in prison health

Prisoners

People in vulnerable situations

Healthcare professionals

Policymakers

Prison administrators

Governments

Civil society & international org’s

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Strategic operations of international organizations

Project funding

Direct services to prisoners

Technical assistance

Research & data collection

Normative development

Liaising with government ministries

Liaising with health ministries

Exchange of best practices

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conclusions of the wp
Conclusions of the WP
  • Need and potential for intensified collaboration
  • Protection of the human rights of prisoners embedded in missions and mandates of all organizations
  • Strong coverage of communicable diseases; greater coverage needed for noncommunicablediseases
  • Needed:
    • Collection of health-specific data
    • Increased alternatives to incarceration
involvement of health ministries
Involvement of Health Ministries
  • Closes a gap in national health systems
  • Has potential to improve observance of prisoners’ right to health
  • Acknowledges links between prison health & health of surrounding communities
  • Has potential to improve continuity of care, data collection
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Many thanks to all those who have provided feedback!

If you wish to make any further corrections to the WP, please contact Stefan Enggistat [email protected]

by next Friday, June 6th. The Working Paper will be published on the websites of WHO/Europe and the Pompidou Group the following week.

My forwarding address is [email protected]

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