Join us for our side event at the 66th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs on Harm reduction in Eastern European prisons: ensuring equivalence of care for people who use drugs in prison
When: Friday 17 March, 08:00 CET
Where: International Vienna Centre, Room M0E05, Vienna, Austria
The event is co-organised by Promo-LEX and the Prison Health & Rights Consortium composed of EPLN, Harm Reduction International, UnMode – Community Movement for Access to Justice & Health without Barriers – the European Federation for Prison Health.
The side event aims to bring into dialogue health practitioners, international organisations, and civil society actors engaged in the defence of the fundamental rights of prisoners who use drugs. They will discuss the challenges faced by public authorities in introducing harm reduction in prison settings and will address the structural problems in prison systems that hinder the implementation of the principles of equivalence and continuity of care, specifically the lack of independence of prison doctors.
How do we create the conditions for patient-centred care rather than a care system driven by punitive and security rationales? What role do international and European institutions play in setting and integrating human rights and public health standards in prisons and strengthening the obligations of European states in fighting the rising HIV/AIDS epidemic in Eastern European prisons?