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Prison health systems

Prison health systems

 

Public health cannot afford to ignore the health of those who are confined in correctional services, hence the pressing need to advance this scope.

The rise and rapid spread of HIV infection and AIDS, the resurgence of other serious communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis and the increasing recognition that prisons are inappropriate receptacles for people suffering from addiction to substances and mental conditions have thrust prison health high on the public health agenda.

As many societies try to cope with these serious health problems, it has become clear that any national strategy for controlling them requires developing and implementing integrated policies that also encompass the reality of prison systems.

Good health care in correctional institutions creates considerable benefits: it prevents the spread of diseases and promotes health through awareness of what everyone can do to help maintain their own health and well-being and that of others. In addition, it can help to improve the health status of communities, thus contributing to the broader sense of health.

In this area of operation, we develop and implement:

  • primary care programmes;
  • mental health programmes;
  • drug addiction programmes (treatment and damage reduction);
  • suicide prevention programmes;
  • contagious diseases reduction programmes;
  • prison health performance and quality indicators;
  • pharmacy management systems.