The Council of Europe implements a 24-month project to support Romania in its efforts to strengthen the provision of health care and mental health care in their prisons in line with the Council of Europe standards and ECtHR case law.

The project is implemented by the Criminal Law Cooperation Unit in cooperation with the main partners, the Ministry of Justice, the National Administration of Penitentiaries and the Ministry of Health.

To this end, the project will focus on policy, regulatory framework and operational approaches:

  1. Policy and regulatory framework level:

The project will support the development of a strategy/policy document on human resources in order to attract medical staff to work in prison system and will assist the Romanian authorities with legal analysis and recommendations on improving the regulatory framework on the provision of health care in prison system.

2. Operational level:

The project will enhance knowledge and skills of medical and no-medical staff on medical ethics specific for the prison environment, such as respect of patient confidentiality, as well as recording injuries, especially injuries resulted from ill-treatment, and on the health screening process of inmates upon admission in prison.

The project will develop protocols to deal with prisoners suffering from mental health problems and will increase the capacities of medical and non-medical staff to provide health care to patients suffering from mental health issues.

The project started on 1 January 2022 and will be completed on 31 December 2023 with a total budget of 440.000 Euros financed by the Human Rights Trust Fund.

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The assessment report contributing to the improvement of health care services of the penitentiary in Romania has been presented

13 July 2022 Romania

The Council of Europe presented the findings of the needs assessment report on attracting health care staff to the penitentiary Service in Romania. The report analysis the obstacles hindering the attraction of medical staff, addresses the issues related to the professional development,...

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Corrigendum: extended deadline

04 July 2022 Romania

The Council of Europe is currently implementing and until 30 December 2023 a project “Strengthening the provision of heath care and mental health care in prisons in Romania”. In that context, it is looking for providers for provision of interpreting services and renting of interpreting equipment...

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Purchase of interpreting services and renting of interpreting equipment in Romania within the framework of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening the provision of health care and mental health care in prisons in Romania”

14 June 2022 Romania

The Council of Europe is currently implementing and until 30 December 2023 a project “Strengthening the provision of heath care and mental health care in prisons in Romania”. In that context, it is looking for providers for provision of interpreting services and renting of interpreting equipment...

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Corrigendum: extended deadline

3 June 2022

The Council of Europe is re-launching a call for the provision of consultancy services in the area of health care and mental health care in prisons within the framework of the Project “Strengthening the provision of heath care and mental health care in prisons in Romania” for national...

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Needs assessment visit to assist the Romanian Penitentiary Service

20 May 2022 Romania

On 17-19 May 2022, the Council of Europe international and national experts carried out an on-site assessment visit in Romania to identify the obstacles pertinent to filling in vacant positions in the medical services of the Penitentiary system and provide recommendations in line with the Council...

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Purchase of consultancy services in the framework of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening the provision of health care and mental health care in prisons in Romania”

12 May 2022 Romania

The Council of Europe is re-launching a call for the provision of consultancy services in the area of health care and mental health care in prisons within the framework of the Project “Strengthening the provision of heath care and mental health care in prisons in Romania” for national...

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Purchase of consultancy services in the framework of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening the provision of heath care and mental health care in prisons in Romania”

21 April 2022

The Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision of consultancy services in the area of health care and mental health care in prisons within the framework of the Project “Strengthening the provision of heath care and mental health care in prisons in Romania”. For international...

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Strengthening of prison healthcare-launch of the new Council of Europe project in Romania

16 March 2022 Romania

The beginning of a Council of Europe and the Romanian authorities’ project “Strengthening the provision of health care and mental health care in prisons in Romania” has been marked with a launching event held on 15 March 2022, in Bucharest. The 2-year Project will assist the Romanian authorities...

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