On 19 February, in the framework of the Joint Programme of the European
Union and the Council of Europe on â€śHuman Rights in Prisons and Other Closed
Institutionsâ€ť, 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
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
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 â€śHuman Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutionsâ€ť. 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.
For more information see: www.coe.int / www.coe.ge