WHO Europe Webinar - Prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons: What have we learned? 21 July from 16.00 to 17.40 CEST
In 2020, WHO HIPP has been working closely with Member States in the response to COVID-19, by developing an Interim Guidance on Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention and various related products to support countries in its implementation, including a checklist. As a result, Member States have been reporting their experiences gained during the pandemic and field work has been possible in some specific cases. WHO HIPP also been working closely with ECDC to set up a surveillance system to periodically collect a minimum set of indicators to monitor the evolution of COVID-19 specifically in prisons and other places of detention. The primary purpose of this webinar is:
- Present the WHO interim Guidance on Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID19 in prisons and other places of detention, highlighting its purpose, its main areas of applicability and most recent updates.
- Share country experiences gained from the pandemics and reflect on how these may be used to inspire good practices in different areas of activity, from prevention, to control, including essential services sustainability.
- Present the surveillance system developed jointly by WHO/ECDC and expand on its use to motivate countries to monitor the pandemic evolution in the prison setting.
For more information about the webinar, click here.
Health and Justice Lab Yale University Webinar - COVID-19 and Incarceration: An International Perspectiveon Disease Mitigation Strategies. This webinar brought together an international panel of experts to discuss innovative strategies for mitigating COVID-19 within correctional settings, including decarceration efforts, wastewater testing, and mobile technologies. The webinar took place on 8th July 2020, 9-11.30am, Eastern Standard Time. Click here for more information.
Justice Health Unit at The University of Melbourne webinar - key challenges and sustainable responses to COVID-19 in prison, youth detention, and immigration detention settings. Speakers from WHO, ICRC, and UFSC in Brazil filmed on 8 July, 2020 7pm-8.30pm AEST (Melbourne). You can watch a recording of the webinar here
ICPA Webinar - Staff Well-Being and Resilience in Correctional Environments
This webinar, filmed on 9th July 2020, explores the cumulative effects on staff working in correctional environments and how this is intensified during a pandemic. Panelists will also share strategies for:
- Maintaining social responsibility
- Building resilience
- Supporting staff mental well-being
- Building individual and organizational psychological capital
- Supporting staff working in both secure facilities and community supervision
- Phases of support
Psychological First Aid course
On Monday 15 June PHE launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by COVID-19. The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. It takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace. By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. Although this course is not specific for prisons, it may be a useful starting point for prison healthcare and prison custodial staff to consider the mental health impact of COVID-19.
Communication tools for COVID-19 in prisons - UK
The Beyond Words team have been working on a COVID-19 pictorial toolkit with Dr Caroline Watson, Royal College of General Practioners' Clinical Champion for Healthcare in secure environments, and Mr Michael Emmett, a former prisoner. They have co-created a specific COVID-19 secure environments resource kit for use by healthcare teams, prison officers, education staff, chaplaincy teams and peer support workers over the coming months to support residents who find pictures more accessible than the written word. More information can be found here https://wephren.tghn.org/articles/communication-tools-covid-19/ and you can watch Dr Watson introduce the resource below.