Strengthening HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support Services in Prisons and Community Aftercare Services in Egypt

Project Duration: 02/04/2009 - 30/04/2012

Total Budget: US$ 1,000,446

Donor: Drosos Foundation, Switzerland

Target Groups

The prison population
Juvenile detainees
Ex-convicts

Counterparts

1. Ministry of Interior:

  • Prisons Authority
  • Anti-Narcotics General Administration
  • Aftercare Services

2. Ministry of Health:

  • National AIDS Programme
  • Mental Health Secretariat
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Department

3. Ministry of Insurance and Social Affairs:

  • Juvenile Justice Department

Outline and Objectives

This project builds on, strengthens and ensures continuity of HIV prevention, treatment and care services provided by the Egyptian Government in collaboration with UNODC inside prison settings. This initiative is being accomplished by increasing access of the prison populations to comprehensive HIV services during detention and after release through aftercare services. Services are also being implemented for the first time in juvenile detention centres. The goal is to reduce HIV transmission among prison populations and the general community. This is being achieved through:

  • Improved access by prison populations to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services in four adult prison settings and one juvenile detention centre.
  • Established access by released adult prisoners and juveniles to comprehensive HIV and drug use aftercare services.

Key Achievements

  • Multi-Stakeholder Prison Steering Committee and relevant tripartite agreements signed between Prisons Authority, National AIDS Programme and UNODC, securing political commitment towards sustainable comprehensive HIV service provision inside Egyptian prisons;
  • Situation assessment study conducted on drug use and HIV situation in Egyptian prisons;
  • Prison health service providers (physicians, social workers, psychologists) trained on HIV counseling, clinical care, case management, TB/HIV co-infection and referral systems;
  • Prison health service providers and senior prison management have improved knowledge on comprehensive HIV service provision inside prison settings;
  • HIV awareness sessions provided inside four Egyptian prisons as part of the systematic routine for newly enrolled prisoners, guaranteeing access to prevention information and IEC materials upon arrival;
  • Four HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing sites launched and active inside four Egyptian prisons, with services and quality equivalent to those outside prisons; and
  • Assessment of relevant NGOs and capacity building for the provision of aftercare services for released prisoners.