Incentives To Improve Health Services In Prisons Set

Incentives To Improve Health Services In Prisons Set.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) yesterday launched a joint regional programme dubbed Promoting Human Rights and Access to Health Services in Prisons in Southern Africa.

According to a statement released in Lusaka yesterday, Southern Africa remains the epicenter of the global HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics

The statement reads that though the Southern African Development Community (SADC) constitutes much less than five percent of the global population, it is home to about 20 percent of the people living with HIV in the world.

“As prison populations globally tend to have a higher HIV prevalence than the general population, reducing transmission and improving treatment, care and support in prisons is an integral part of reducing the spread of infection in the broader society,” the statement reads.

This programme is designed around the understanding of the need to improve the situation of both policy and service delivery levels to contribute to more effective and sustainable improvement of health and realization of rights of prison populations in the targeted countries such as Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.