On the 15th and 16th of February, Portugal hosted an event by the World Health Organization (WHO) to present the “WHO Status Report on Prison Health”. The initiative turned into an informative discussion of prison health in the international and national context, inspired by a truly great line-up of speakers.
WHO now invites us to review and disseminate this second “Status report on prison health in the WHO European Region“, among your networks. This represents a huge collaborative effort by Member States and partners from across the Region. WHO is extremely grateful to everyone who worked with them to provide as comprehensive picture as possible of prison health at regional and country levels. WHO also expressed its gratitude to the Institute of Public Health of University of Porto (ISPUP), who supported the development of, and research for this report.
We remind you that the ISPUP officially received, on the 15th of February, the status of WHO Collaborating Center for the study of “Social and Behavioral Determinants of Noncommunicable Diseases”.
The new report, including individual country profiles, is accessible directly at this link or via the WHO/Euro Prisons and Health webpage. Further country level data can be accessed through the Health in Prisons European Database.
“Prisoners should enjoy the same standards of health care that are available in the community and should have access to necessary health care services free of charge without discrimination on the grounds of their legal status.”United Nations Mandela Rules