Uruguay carries out its First Training Course on Comprehensive Health Care in Prison settings
05 December, 2011 - The Ministry of Public Health, the Swiss Embassy in Uruguay and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) carry out, from 05 to 09 December, the "First Training Course in Comprehensive Health Care in Prisons Settings".
The course is designed for health professionals of the Comprehensive Health Care Services for People living in Freedom-restrictive settings (SAIPPL) of the State Health Administration (ASSE), and health teams from the Prison Medical System under the National Institute of Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Interior.
Among the topics being discussed are the importance of public health in prisons for community health, public health in prisons and human rights, as well as issues of hygiene and prevention of prison transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and tuberculosis.
Issues such as mental health and drug addiction in the prison system will alos be addressed during the course.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is one of the co-sponsoring agencies of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) and is the leader UN agency for the prevention of HIV among drug users and people living in prison settings.