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Over the past several decades, the weakening of criminal justice systems and reliance on ineffective, overly punitive policies have led to the deterioration of prisons globally. This has caused overcrowding and facilitated the spread of infectious diseases such as TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). Prisons are intrinsically linked to communities; thus, the TB and MDR-TB epidemics in prisons have impacted health outcomes in countries where excessive incarceration is prevalent.
The new data in this report shows a worrying slowdown in the provision of harm reduction services for people who use drugs, with no new countries introducing needle and syringe programmes since 2014.
Along with this, there has been a rise in injecting stimulant use across all regions of the world, and a dramatic increase in overdose deaths.
Harm reduction in prisons also remains vastly insufficient, with only a very small number of countries providing needle exchange or overdose training in at least one prison.
Keywords: HIV, PWID, prisoners, drug, OST, NSP, hepatitis C, needle/syringe
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 17 December 2015. The General Assembly, Guided by the principal purposes of the United Nations, as set out in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 and inspired by the determination to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, without distinction of any kind, and in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.
Legal and policy barriers hinder universal access to HIV services in Asia and the Pacific.
To overcome these barriers and ensure that we leave no one behind, we need rights-based laws and policies.
Let us hear what people from key populations have to say about the legal and policy barriers they face.
Keywords: HIV, IGM, discrimination, human rights, PLHIV, MSM, transgender people, PWID, sex workers, young people, migrants, prisoners, pregnant women, girls, treatment
Prison Health Services are part of Basic Health Services of Afghanistan. The implementation channel of the PHS is the same as BPHS. Health needs of the prisoners are the same to the general population with the difference of higher prevalence and incidence of the diseases in the prisons. Mental problems are more present in the custody system in the country. There is a special focus on mental health services in the prisons and Juvenile Rehabilitation Centers (JRCs). There is a very closed contact among prisoners and it increases risk of spread of communicable disease among the prisoners. Diseases prevention is a back bone of prison health services.
According to the First ASEAN Regional Report on HIV and AIDS in 2011, “Addressing AIDS in ASEAN Region”, there are 1.5 million people estimated to be living with HIV distributed amongst the ASEAN Member States (AMS). The national HIV prevalence rates in the region range from 0.1 per cent to 0.7 per cent. Although prevalence rates are decreasing, current estimates indicate that there are some AMS that are showing an increasing trend.
All modes of transmission occurring in the broader community (blood-borne, sexual and vertical transmission) also occur in prisons. HIV is transmitted in prison settings through the sharing of contaminated injecting equipment among people who inject drugs; consensual or coerced unsafe sexual practices including rape; unsafe skin piercing and tattooing practices as well as body modifications; and blood-borne transmission resulting from the sharing of shaving razors, so-called brotherhood blood-sharing rituals and the improper sterilization or reuse of medical or dental instruments.
This policy brief provides an overview of key findings, data and figures of the new consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations. In addition, it offers an overview of the comprehensive package on interventions and a table summarizing WHO recommendations concerning key populations.
Keywords: HIV, men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), sex workers, transgender, testing, treatment
This policy brief aims to promote the realization of gender equality and human rights in terms of an effective harm reduction response to HIV for women who inject drugs in community and prison settings. It outlines a framework to achieve that goal which focuses on improving the availability, accessibility, affordability and acceptability of women-oriented harm reduction interventions. Suggested good practice tools and guidance are also provided.
Objective of the evaluation