The Project was implemented in close cooperation and partnership with the Ministry of Justice (Penitentiary Department). It included a wider group of national partners and stakeholders, who have been contributing towards the overall improvement of the healthcare in prisons in Armenia, such as the Ministry of Heath, Office of the Public Prosecutor, Ombudsman and National Preventive Mechanism, international and civil society organizations, academic institutions.

The duration of the Project was 41 months and has been completed by 31 December 2018. The overall project budget was EUR 1.228.000 and it was co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, under the auspices of the Council of Europe/European Union Partnership for Good Governance for Eastern Partnership Countries. 

The aims of the project were:

  • to improve the legal/institutional framework of healthcare in prisons of Armenia;
  • to improve material conditions of prisons’ healthcare units, with a special focus on prisons highlighted as the most problematic in CPT reports;
  • to strengthen the capacity and the general knowledge of the prison staff on European standards on the provision of healthcare, medical ethics and human rights in prisons.

Improvement of prison hospital services in Armenia

30 May Yerevan

A detailed overview of the assessment and a list of recommendations for the improvement of prison hospital services in Armenia were discussed at a roundtable that took place on 30 May 2018 in Yerevan. The roundtable brought together Council of Europe (CoE) consultants and 29 representatives of...

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Round Table to present and discuss the Report on mental healthcare issues in the penitentiary institutions of the Republic of Armenia

22 December 2017 Yerevan, Armenia

To improve the detention conditions in Armenia, Council of Europe supports the Ministry of Justice to identify the shortcomings in the provision of mental health care services in prisons. To this end, Council of Europe experts developed a “Report on mental healthcare issues in the penitentiary...

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Training for the medical staff of nine prison healthcare units on the use of the medical equipment procured within the frame of the project

9 training sessions Armenia

The capacity of medical staff to deliver medical services for detained persons in nine prisons of Armenia was strengthened with the organisation of nine one-day training sessions on the use of medical equipment purchased earlier in the year with the financial support of the project. In total,...

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Round Table to present and discuss the consolidated guidelines on healthcare rights of prisoners in Armenia

14 December 2017 Yerevan, Armenia

To enhance the protection of healthcare rights of prisoners in practice, Council of Europe developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Armenia a compilation of guidelines for medical staff covering both practical aspects as well as the related regulatory framework. The guidelines...

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Study Visit to the Danish Prison and Probation Service

27-30 June 2017 Denmark

A study visit to Copenhagen, Denmark for representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Penitentiary Department of the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights Defender’s Office of the Republic of Armenia and "Social justice" NGO took place on 27-30 June 2017. The Armenian delegation visited the...

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Cascade seminars on prison healthcare

January-June 2017 Armenia

With the aim to enhance the capacities of penitentiary medical and non-medical staff, two rounds of cascade seminars were held from January to June 2017 (18 weeks), on the basis of training modules prepared by project experts on: 1. Medical Ethics and Human Rights for medical and non-medical...

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Training of prison psychologists

21-24 June Yerevan

Training for fifteen prison psychologists, including eight women, from eleven penitentiary institutions in Armenia was held from 21 to 24 June 2017 in Yerevan, in cooperation with the RA Ministry of Justice and the Association of Psychoanalysts of Armenia. The aim of the training was to...

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Roundtable on prison healthcare legislation in Armenia

23 June Yerevan

A roundtable to present and discuss the legislative package on prison healthcare in Armenia took place on 23 June 2017, in Yerevan bringing together fifteen, high-level representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Penitentiary Department, Ministry of Health, Ombudsman Office and members of Public...

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Cascade training sessions on Medical Ethics and Health Prevention and Promotion Activities

January 2017 Armenia

The first round of cascade training sessions on Medical Ethics and Health prevention and promotion activities in prisons started on Monday, 16 January 2017 in collaboration with the Law Institute of the Ministry of Justice of Armenia. The cascade training sessions are based on curricula developed...

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Training of Trainers on Health Prevention and Promotion activities and Medical ethics and human rights


On 5-9 July 2016 and 11-15 July 2016, the Council of Europe organised two five-day training of trainers sessions (ToTs) on prison healthcare in Arthur’s Aghveran Resort, Armenia. Thirty three participants representing penitentiary institutions, the Ministry of Justice, the Yerevan State Medical...

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