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800 newly trained medical personnel and social workers to serve in Georgian prisons


On 19 February, in the framework of the Joint Programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe on “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”, a comprehensive training programme to provide for the training of 800 medical personnel and social workers on health promotion and prevention activities in prisons was started.

The Training session was opened by Mr Archil Talakvadze (Deputy Minister of Corrections), Caterina Bolognese (Head of Council of Europe Office in Georgia) and Maya Khasia (Director of Penitentiary and Probation Training Center).

Participants in the training will learn about new approaches in promoting healthy lifestyles, dealing with health-related emergencies and managing crises, as well as ways to prevent suicides and prevent/treat HIV and other viral diseases.  The five-day interactive training sessions will focus on practical tools, international standards and protocols, as well as best practices. The training aims to improve the quality of health services provided to around 10.000 inmates throughout Georgia and represents an important step in improving human rights in prisons and other closed institutions.

The training programme was developed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia and its medical department. The initial phase envisages the participation of 160 medical personnel and 160 social workers.

The trainings will start on February 19 at the premises of the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre.

This activity is organized in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. This programme was launched in July 2013 and aims to strengthen human rights of people in prisons, police detention and other facilities and improve access to healthcare for persons deprived of their liberty.





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