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EXPERT GROUP ON PRISON HEALTH
Background, composition, objectives, activities, documents and members
Within the Northern Dimension area, certain social and economic problems continue to result in high mortality rates, the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and the spreading of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The spreading of communicable diseases is especially prevalent within marginalized groups living under socially and economically distressing circumstances, members of which may subsequently enter the penal system. Health systems need to be improved, and in particular, the provision and delivery of primary health care, including in prison settings, requires further development.
The Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS places great emphasis on supporting reorientation and efficiency of the health and social care systems, and pays special attention to strong primary health care and needs of individuals from vulnerable groups. From 2004 until mid-2010, activities in this area were fostered by the then Expert Group on Prison Health and from mid-2010 until October 2015 by the then Expert Group on Primary Health and Prison Health Systems (PPHS EG).
Following the adoption of the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it, which define specific objectives, results and linked to them concrete activities, in October 2015 the Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR) split the former PPHS EG into an Expert Group on Prison Health (PH EG), which is described on this page, and an Expert Group on Primary Healthcare.
The group operates according to its Terms of Reference, and has been tasked to facilitate and implement Objective 1: Reduced impact of HIV, TB and associated infections among key populations at risk, including prisoners, through strengthened prevention and access to treatment and Objective 5: Adequately addressed health needs related to chronic conditions and demographic changes – through strengthened integration and coordination of care and prevention throughout life course at primary care level as specified in the NDPHS Strategy 2020.
Finally, the Expert Group will, together with other bodies of the NDPHS, contribute to achieving the Horizontal results defined in the Action Plan accompanying the NDPHS Strategy 2020.
The PH EG is comprised of high-level experts. These experts come from national ministries and agencies of Partner Countries and Organisations, the research community, NGOs and other relevant parties. The list of the members of the PH EG is provided further down.
All eligible stakeholders are welcome to provide input to the PPHS EG’s current and future activities. External experts are also invited to participate in the group’s meetings, as appropriate.
In accordance with the above mentioned Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, under the guidance of the CSR, an Expert Group may have an advisory role and/or provide professional input to the preparation and implementation of joint activities carried out within the framework of the Partnership. Also, the Declaration permits Expert Groups to “facilitate professional exchanges, increase co-ordination among Partners and Participants and monitor joint activities within their area of expertise.” Consistent with these provisions, the Expert Group has the following functions:
- Exchange information and knowledge about best practices to assist the partner countries in achieving the objectives defined in the NDPHS Strategy 2020;
- Use available statistical and epidemiological information from official sources to assist decision makers and contribute to the achievement of the objectives defined in the NDPHS Strategy 2020;
- Identify priorities, needs for support in developing policies and gaps in their implementation;
- Initiate projects, provide when possible, support in planning, monitoring and dissemination of results;
- Provide the Partnership website/database/newsletters with information concerning the Expert Group’s work;
- Provide feedback and report on progress to the CSR;
- Co-ordinate its activities with other NDPHS structures, relevant groups and international networks in areas of mutual interest in a manner that promotes synergies and avoids the duplication of efforts and supports the achievement of objectives included in the NDPHS Strategy 2020;
- Contribute to proper discharging of the Partnership’s responsibilities as the Coordinator for the Health Policy Area in the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region together with other NDPHS structures, as appropriate;
- Be open to innovate and employ new methods of work to improve collaboration between the partner countries and other relevant stakeholders. Document CSR 24/9.3/1 “New approaches for future collaboration within the NDPHS” can provide suggestions in this regard;
- Other relevant responsibilities, as approved by the CSR or the Partnership Annual Conference (PAC).
The Expert Group's activities follow the priorities set out in the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it and are being implemented in accordance with the NDPHS Annual Work Plan for 2016.
The PH EG holds approximately 2 meetings per year. Specific information about forthcoming and past meetings, including meeting documents and minutes can be accessed on the Expert Group meetings web page.
Documents and minutes of the former PHC EG and the former PH EG, as well as the former PPHS EG, which were, inter alia, covering the issues dealt with by the current PPHS EG, can be accessed here, here and here, respectively.
Every year the NDPHS Expert Groups prepare progress reports. These reports are prepared in accordance with the Template for monitoring and reporting of the NDPHS progress and are submitted to every autumn CSR meeting and/or PAC event (they can be download here). With reference to the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the accompanying NDPHS Action Plan, they, inter alia, present the progress towards the agreed targets and take stock of achievements made, as well as describe further action required, obstacles encountered and, finally, the sustainability and expected long-term impact of the group’s activities.
Visit the NDPHS Database, which provides a growing number of papers (publications, newsletters, etc.) and projects, dealing with prison health issues. It also provides a pool of organisations and experts, which have been working in this area. The Database contains four sections. By clicking the links below, you will gain direct access to activities and expertise in the field of prison health in the NDPHS Database, sorted by:
Please note that you can also submit your own information on prison health issues to the Database (read more).
To be nominated
To be nominated
International Technical Advisor
To be nominated
Ms. Liisu Anger
Ministry of Justice
Ms Hanna Hemminki-Salin
VTH Health Care Services for Prisoners
Mannerheimintie 166, rak. F 3
Ms Kristīne Ķipēna
Ministry of Justice
Ms Jana Feldmane
Ministry of Health
Ms. Birutė Semėnaitė
Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice
L. Sapiegos str.1
Mr. Stig Herman Nygård
Norwegian Directorate of Health
Department municipal health and care services
Ms kpt. Urszula Charciarek
Senior specialist in the Office of the health service
The Central Administration of The Prison Service
37a Rakowiecka Str.
Ms Monika Jakubowska
Inspector in the Office of the Health Service
The Central Administration of the Prison Service
37a Rakowiecka str.
Cooperation suspended until
Ms. Hanna Edberg
Swedish Prison and Probation Service
601 80 Norrköping
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Dr. Filipa Alves da Costa