Conference "Equivalent HIV Prevention and Care in Prison Settings: from Policy to Practice"




1 June 2010

09.00 - 09.30

Registration, coffee

09.30 - 10.00

Welcome and opening remarks

Laila Medin, Deputy State Secretary, Latvian Ministry of Justice

Visvaldis Puķīte, Director General, Latvian Prison Administration

Signe Rotberga, UNODC Regional Project Coordinator

10.00 - 11.00

Enabling environment for HIV prevention in prisons

"HIV and AIDS in places of detention: UNODC/WHO/UNAIDS toolkit for policymakers and prison officers" - Signe Rotberga, UNODC Regional Project Coordinator

"Education on HIV in prison - Director's perspective" - Valdis Bruners, Director of Šķirotava prison, Latvia

11.00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00

HIV and drug education in prisons

"Education on reduction of health risks for drug users in Kaunas Remand Prison" - Arnoldas Pranevičius, Director, Kaunas Remand Prison, Lithuania

"Introduction of HIV education programmes in Latvian prisons" - Baiba Purvlīce, Association for Family Planning and Reproductive Health "Papardes Zieds", Latvia


13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.30

HIV and drug education in prisons (continued)

"Evaluation of health promotion programmes for incarcerated adolescents" - Natālija Praliča, Psychologist, Cēsis Correctional Institution for Juveniles, Latvia

"How to teach prisoners about safe sex and harm reduction?" - Stefa Kondrotiene, Director, Charity Fund "Garstyčios grūdas", Lithuania


15.30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16.00 - 17.50

Peer education on HIV in prison

"Main concepts and organisational aspects of peer education" - John-Peter Kools, Expert from Trimbos Institute - Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction

"New peer education initiatives in Šķirotava prison" - Ilze Ušacka, Psychologist, Šķirotava prison, Latvia

AFEW film "Health Promotion in Russian Prisons. New approaches"

From 19.00

Networking dinner in Hotel Avalon


2 June 2010


09:00 - 10:30

Methadone maintenance therapy in European prisons

"Current status of implementation of pharmacotherapy of opioid dependence in European prisons" - Evija Dompalma, UNODC National Project Officer in Latvia

"Methadone maintenance therapy and other health services for prisoners in Catalonia" - Maria Rosa Artigot Cánovas, Doctor, "La Model" prison, Spain

"Comprehensive drug dependence treatment services in Tartu prison" - Maret Miljan, Adviser, Ministry of Justice, Estonia

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30

Methadone maintenance therapy and other services for drug dependent prisoners

"Support groups for drug  dependent and HIV-positive prisoners in Estonia" - Latsin Alijev and Krista Joost, NGO Convictus, Estonia

"Lessons learned from introduction of harm reduction services in Romanian prisons" - Geta Cucu, Medical Director of The National Administration of Penitentiaries, Romania and Mihai Corciova, HIV Adviser, UNODC office in Romania


12.30 - 13.30


13.30 - 15.00

Role of police services in supporting drug treatment

"Drug referral schemes in England and Russia" - Geoff Monaghan, Regional Drug and HIV/AIDS Expert, UNODC, Russia

"Continuation of methadone maintenance therapy and protection of the human rights in police arrest houses of Lithuania" - Kęstutis Petrauskas, Deputy Director of Health Care Service Division, Ministry of Interior, Lithuania

"Recent developments in provision of methadone maintenance therapy in arrest houses of Estonia" - Tarmo Pruuli, Adviser, Ministry of Interior, Estonia

15.00 - 15.30

Closing remarks

Jānis Bekmanis, Drug Control and Drug Prevention Coordination Council, Latvia

Signe Rotberga, UNODC Regional Project Coordinator


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