International Conference on Prison Health Protection
UNODC Project Office for the Baltic States supported participation of Baltic delegation at a conference "Prison health protection: What Works in the Prevention and Control of Major Communicable Diseases in Prison", which was held in Madrid on 29-31 October 2009. The conference was organized by a partnership of governmental (Spanish Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs, Spanish Ministry of Interior), non-governmental (AFEW, Sainsbury Foundation), regional and international organizations (EMCDDA, WHO-EURO and UNODC). It was attended by over 300 delegates from more than 65 countries. Spain was chosen as the venue because of its success in addressing serious public health challenges in prison, particularly those relating to drug use.
The aim of the conference was to present and discuss, in plenary and workshop sessions, evidence about the prevention and treatment of drug dependence, HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis C, sexually transmitted diseases and other infectious diseases in the prison context; and to share best practices in implementing prison health services.
Regina Fedosejeva, Head of Medical Department of the Latvian Prison Administration gave presentations on control of tuberculosis in Latvian prisons and effects of the global economic crisis on prison medicine in Latvia. Vladas Kasperunas, Head of Medical Department of the Lithuanian Prison Department presented an overview about HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis epidemiology in the prisons of Lithuania.
A document, the Madrid Recommendation, was presented to the final plenary and it is now undergoing a final round of written consultations.
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Additional information on prison health can be found at the World Health Organization's webpage:
- Regina Fedosejeva, Vaira Leimane, Masoud Dara "Tuberculosis (TB) and Multidrug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Control in Latvian Prisons. Co-operation with the Public Sector"
- Regina Fedosejeva "The Effects of the Global Economic and Financial Crisis on Prison Medicine in Latvia"
- Birutė Semėnaitė "Survey of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Epidemiology in Prisons of Lithuania"
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