UNODC brings Medical Care to Prison in Kandahar

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10 October 2010 - UNODC, in a concerted effort with the Government of Canada, an Afghan NGO, and the prison authorities of Afghanistan, has brought much-needed medical care to the prison of Kandahar City - the capital of Afghanistan's most violent region.

In August 2010, the Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan (WADAN) opened a clinic to provide basic health services to 1.100 prisoners in Sarpoza prison.

Medical care at the prison hardly existed before this initiative. "If inmates needed medicine, we could go get it for them in the city centre, but they would have to pay for the medication themselves," said the prison's director.

The clinic, which has been set up within the walls of the prison, has now been stocked with medicine. The clinic is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The facility is staffed by two medical doctors, two social workers, and two health workers. A dentist is also available when needed.

In addition to basic health care, the medical staff also provides treatment for drug users and teaches prisoners about the risks of drug use.