Health in Prisons
A WHO Guide to the Essentials in Prison Health
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Based on the experience of many countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region and the advice of experts, 'Health in Prisons: A WHO Guide to the Essentials in Prison Health' outlines some of the steps prison systems should take to: reduce the public health risks from compulsory detention in often unhealthy situations; care for prisoners in need; and promote the health of prisoners and prison staff.
If these objectives are to be achieved, those employed in prisons need to fully understand how imprisonment affects health, what prisoners health needs are, and how evidence-based health services can be provided for everyone needing treatment, care, and prevention in prison.
Other essential elements are:
being aware of and accepting internationally recommended standards for prison health;
providing professional care with the same adherence to professional ethics as in other health services; and
seeing individual needs as the central feature of the care provided whilst promoting a whole-prison approach to care and promoting the health and well-being of people in custody.
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