WHO Europe with the UK Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons Programme (hosted by Public Health England) would like to develop, with your help, a global network to exchange experience, expert advice and promote innovation in addressing health and healthcare inequalities facing people in prison.


There is marked disparity in research capacity and outputs between countries across the world and the network aims to address this, aiming to ensure that the main beneficiaries of the network will be resource poor countries.

The worldwide prison health research & engagement network (WEPHREN) will provide:

  • A forum for all stakeholders interested in prison health to exchange ideas and to work together;
  • A forum for researchers to develop collaborative multi-centre research proposals;
  • A means of disseminating important research findings;
  • A platform for developing the skills of health professionals and researchers;
  • A vehicle to drive development of effective collaborative networks within and between countries
  • An opportunity for supported professional development of researchers, healthcare professionals and other collaborators;
  • An effective means of addressing inequities in research and professional development
  • Global leadership in prison research.

WEPHREN stakeholders and members