Publications & Resources

Together with national and international partners, UNODC supports countries in their efforts towards ending AIDS epidemic among people in prison by 2030. We have developed informative material aiming not only to raise awareness of the issues but to build technical assistance. Some of our publications and resources are presented below.

WHO - Interim Guidance 15 March 2020 - Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention 

English | Arabic | Russian 

United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) 

Arabic | Chinese | English 

French | Russian | Spanish

United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules) 

Arabic | Chinese | English 

French | Russian | Spanish

Technical Guide. Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Prisons

English (official) | Farsi | Arabic

Factsheet. HIV in Prisons


Technical brief - 2020 Update. HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in prisons and other closed settings: a comprehensive package of interventions

English (official) | Farsi | Arabic | Russian | French | Spanish

Training Manual for Law Enforcement Officials on HIV Service Provision for People Who Inject Drugs 




Prisons and Health

English | Russian



HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, Treatment, and Support in Prison Settings. A Framework for an Effective National Response  


HIV and AIDS in Places of Detention: A Toolkit for Policymakers, Programme Managers, Prison Officers and Health Care Providers in Prison Settings 


Technical Paper. HIV Testing and Counselling in Prisons and Other Closed Settings


Policy Brief. HIV Testing and Counselling in Prisons and Other Closed Settings 


 HIV in Prisons: Situation and Needs Assessment Toolkit






Women and HIV in Prison Settings 

 English | Spanish | Russian | Arabic 

 Checklist. Women's Health in Prison


 Policy Brief. Reduction of HIV Transmission in Prisons 


Evidence for Action Technical Papers - Interventions to Address HIV in Prisons

Drug Dependence Treatments English | Russian Needle and Syringe Programmes and Decontamination Strategies English | Russian HIV Care, Treatment and Support English | Russian Prevention of Sexual Transmission 

Protocol on Assessing Drug Use and HIV in Prison Settings

Women's Health in Prison: Correcting Gender Inequity in Prison Health 


Opioid Substitution Treatment in Custodial Settings. A Practical Guide


A Handbook for Starting and Managing Needle and Syringe Programmes in Prisons and other Closed Settings


HIV and Prisons in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunity for Action


Compendium of UN Norms


Manual of Environmental Interventions for Tuberculosis Control in Prisons

From Coercion to Cohesion: Treating Drug Dependence Through Health Care, not Punishment


Guidance Notes. Services for People in Prisons and Other Closed Settings


Drug Dependence Treatment: Interventions for Drug Users in Prison 


The Madrid Recommendation


Good Governance for Prison Health in the 21st Century - A Policy Brief on the Organization of Prison Health


African Declaration of Commitment for HIV and AIDS Prevention Care, Treatment and Support in Prisons in Africa


COVID-19 Prevention and Control Among People Living and Working in Prison