Health Without Barriers
European Federation for Prison Health
HWBs seeks to foster its objectives by facilitating the contributions and a stronger voice of national prison health bodies to the wider European debate, by promoting and organizing the following activities:
Regular conferences and workshops at International level, and an Annual Meeting for Prison Health with regular frequency;
Ongoing information exchange and sharing of data and expertise from and among national bodies;
Ongoing collaboration, exchange and research within Working Groups structured around thematic work areas of relevance to national prison health bodies, namely: Infectious Diseases, Mental Health Problems, Human Rights in Prison, Prison Nursing, Oral Health Problems in Prison, Drug Addiction.
Developing international projects in the field of prison health;
Publications and perspectives on relevant themes and policy developments relating to prison health issues at European level;
Studies on selected themes relating to the work of national prison health bodies;
Arranging institutional meetings with key European stakeholders in the field of prison health, to guarantee the collective rights of prison population and staff, through the definition of international common policies.
Through its activities, the European Federation for Prison Health aims to cover the institutional and operational gap still existing in the field of European prison health. Although several organisations are already active at local level in developing good clinical heath practices in prisons, in many countries these national-based bodies are not yet constituted.
The idea of creating an umbrella organization, active and operating at international level was conceived to share and disseminate the good practices which, until this moment, have been undertaken singularly by prison health societies in their Countries. Adopting this attitude, the need of developing and supporting prison health on international base is assured and strengthened, even in those Countries where specific organizations are missed.
This is an innovative and exclusive project in the field of prison health, which gains importance also for its territorial extension. The union of national-based scientific societies, composed by experts who mutually collaborate to develop and improve prison health landscapes, represents a remarkable purpose, not only for inmates, who will actively benefit from it, but also for the related communities receiving them back once released. Despite the physical limits of imprisonment, we hope that at least social and health barriers dividing prisoners from the rest of society, will be definitely tore down.