Dental care unit in Moldova Penitentiary nr. 3 renovated 

Molodva Prison Dental Care5 May 2016 - To provide access to modern, safe and quality dental care services to 600 women and men at the prison nr.3 in Tiraspol, Moldova, a renovated dental care unit was launched today.

Globally, prisons are characterized by relatively high prevalence of HIV, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus and tuberculosis). HIV and hepatitis can be easily spread through the use of contaminated dental equipment. Therefore, prison dental service providers should adhere to strict infection-control and safe-injection protocols, and facilities should be adequately equipped for this purpose.

The renovation of the facility was supported by the Government of Sweden, through a project implemented by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"We hope that this renovated dental unit will benefit the health and well-being of the detained women and men. Access to treatment and care services is a basic human right and we are happy that this partnership can contribute to that," said Ina Tcaci, UNODC National Coordinator.

The project, entitled Joint action to strengthen human rights on both banks of the Nistru River, aims to facilitate access to a comprehensive package of integrated HIV and TB prevention, treatment and care services of assured quality for the people most at risk/key populations to HIV, TB in the civilian and prison sectors on the both banks of Nistru river.

Photo: UNODC Moldova

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