I have been working in three correctional homes in West Bengal, India with ,my work focused on health of imprisoned women. My doctoral thesis is also on women's health in prisons.
I find WEPHREN a wonderful platform to share my experiences and also seek support for my future plans for improving the health of those behind bars.
My study has revealed several challenges in prison healthcare delivery in India as a result of constrained resources and dearth of healthcare staff. Also larger factors like overcrowding, cramped physical space have left many specific health needs of women unmet, which international regulations like Bangkok Rules would uphold.
At present, I am developing on a workshop plan for prison staff to sensitize them on prison healthcare. I propose to take this up to a larger scale wherein I can invite health practitioners and experts from other countries to visit Indian prisons and collaborating to develop a manual specifically based on the needs of women in third world countries.
I hereby call upon members of WEPHREN to share their ideas and inform me of funding opportunities so that there can be good exchange of knowledge and best practices!
Looking forward to hear from you all
Thanks and Regards
Debolina Chatterjee, PhD
Department of Human Development
J.D. Birla Institute
(Affliliated to Jadavpur University)