Health Without Barriers
European Federation for Prison Health
I.Care - Laboratoire d'innovation en Santé & Milieux Fermés was established in Belgium in november 2015.
I.Care’s purpose is to actively contribute to improving global support and care (medical and psychosocial), tackle continuity of care during incarceration and upon transfer or release, and develop health promotion in prisons.
In Belgium, prison health care still pertains to the Ministry of Justice - which has consequences (priority given to security, risk of loyalty conflict for health professionals, isolation of medical services, etc.). Moreover, social security rights are suspended during detention and upon the prisoner’s release, these rights will take a few weeks before being re-established. This is not without consequence for the continuity of care and the reintegration of those concerned.
Although there are associations dedicated to promoting health in prisons, or active in social and psychological monitoring of inmates, so far no association is devoted to health care in closed environments as a whole, including somatic health care.
Alarmed by such a major public health care issue, doctors working in various prisons and professionals from the community sector have decided to combine their skills to create I.Care.
Beyond prison walls, I.Care has the ambition to expand its work to all places of deprivation of liberty (closed centres, IPPJ (public institutions for youth protection), etc ...)
I.Care wishes to pursue the following missions:
• Implementation of innovative projects
• Creation of a network of health care, coordination of projects by local operators, implementation of training programmes for professionals working in prisons.
• Recommendations intended to political powers, studies and research activities, communication for the specialized sector and the public opinion.
The association will pay special attention in integrating the target audience in the design of its projects (focus groups, participatory projects, etc.).