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Women's Health in Prison in the Northern Dimension Area

Paper title Women's Health in Prison in the Northern Dimension Area
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Paper PDF Document NDPHS_Thematic_paper_3-2008__W...rison_in_ND_area.pdf
Author (title, first name, last name) NDPHS Expert Group on Prison Health
Thematic area
  • Prison Health
  • Gender Equality in prison health legal background of health services in prisons main health issues encountered by women in prison HIV/Aids Tuberculosis Pregnant women and mothers in prison Criminal behaviour of youths Social rehabilitation and pre-release training NGO's involvement in prison settings Alternative measures to prisons for non-violent offences Data collection on women's health in prison Indicators of women's health in prison
Summary In the countries of the Northern Dimension (ND) area, the penal system presents a section of the society where major health problems are concentrated. For those who have to spend a shorter or longer time, or even a life-time, in prison, aspects of prevention and treatment for many complicated health problems become as crucial as the provision of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for inmates, which are intended to help them ease back in society after their release. The spread of communicable diseases occurs predominantly between persons from marginalised groups who that live under harsh socio-economic circumstances, and consequently, many of which enter the penal system. There are also obvious connections between social disparities, mental health problems, drug use, infectious diseases, crime and imprisonment. Thus, it is necessary to extend the scope of joint work concerning penal systems in the Northern Dimension area to cover not only communicable diseases but also prevention and the better treatment of psychiatric disorders, the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, improved custodial conditions for inmates, training for prison staff and strengthened co-operation between the prison system and the civil and social services in general. Female prisoners, and among them, women who are pregnant or caring for small children, constitute an extremely vulnerable group within the prison population. Therefore, this Thematic Report will focus especially on challenges faced by this group. Taking the health issues of women in prison into account, this Thematic Report developed by the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) Expert Group on Prison Health (PH EG) will examine how women’s health in prison is organized and whether health care and social well-being in prison is being adequately adjusted to women’s needs. It seeks to give recommendations to implement gender equality in the field of prison, including in the approach and assessment of prison health services.
Geographical area
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Russia - Arkhangelsk Oblast
  • Russia - St. Petersburg
  • Sweden
Paper type
  • Best practices
  • Thematic report
Year last issued (for periodic publications, frequency) 2008
Publisher name (if the paper has not been published so far, write: Not published so far) Not published so far
Publisher contact details NDPHS Expert Group on Prison Health Slussplan 9 P.O. Box 2010 103 11 Stockholm, SWEDEN Phone (switchboard): +46 8 440 1920 Fax: +46 8 440 1944 E-mail:
ISBN/ISSN no data
Language of the linked paper English
Also available in other languages No
Number of pages 89
Organisations associated
with this paper
Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) Secretariat
Persons associated
with this paper
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Projects associated
with this paper
[ID: 537] A Database on Public Health Projects in North Eastern Europe and its neighbouring countries
Other information no data
Last posted: on 2012-02-01 at 16:18:40

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