GREAT SUCCESS FOR THE HWBs PARTICIPATION AT THE WHO/HIPP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTH IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
HWBs President, Dr Roberto Monarca, took part in the WHO Annual Conference on “Health in the Criminal Justice System”, organized in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 27th-29th October.
The event was launched by the WHO Regional Office for Europe in partnership with Public Health England, and more than 20 National Delegations around Europe joined in, as well as representatives from UNODC (United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime), Pompidou Group Council of Europe, ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), HWBs and Lisbon EMCDDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction).
Aims of the Conference were the promotion of prison healthcare, sharing international informations and experiences on the best practices for prisoners monitoring and treatment, and also to reduce and prevent deaths by overdose and drug addiction.
A further meeting of the Regional Consultation was held on the same days with all the Prison Health Operators participating. The purpose was to set up an international operating system to share good practices among the operators.
On the 27th October, thanks to the support of Kyrgyzstan Criminal System, through a special Ministerial Permission, the members visited several Capital prisons, one of which detains prisoners affected by TBC, and a second one which is responsible for women inmates recovering from drugs addiction.
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On the second day, the International Conference on “Prisons and illegal drugs” chaired by Dr. Akylbek Asanov (KG) and WHO Cooperation Centre (UK), was organized. During the Conference the Kyrgyzstan Minister of Health, Alik Mamyrkulov was attending.
In the last day, the participants took part at the Regional Consultation Meeting “Sharing Good Practices”, chaired by Dr. Eamonn O'Moore, WHO/HIPP Director, who exposed significant prison-related issues as food administration in prison, TBC medical care and improving health inmates conditions through an appropriate communication between prisoners and operators. This last point is highly represented by the work of the EU Rehab Project.
Bishkek WHO Conference was a great success of international high-level audience, key-stakeholders and communication sharing on EU prison health and harm reduction.