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Workshop - Prison health at the time of COVID-19: the impact of response measures on health and healthcare for people in detention in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic calls on us to focus on the principle “prison health is public health” in order to protect the well-being of people in prison and the surrounding community, uphold equity and continuity of care whilst

keeping a secure and safe environment. WHO, University of Pisa, EMCDDA organised a workshop at the 14th European Public Health Conference 2021, ‘Public health futures in a changing world’, a virtual event that took place from 10 – 12 November 2021 https://ephconference.eu/. The workshop, ‘Prison health at the time of COVID-19: the impact of response measures on health and healthcare for people in detention in Europe’, examined COVID-19 prevention and control interventions implemented in prison settings across Europe, and analysed their impact on SARS-CoV2 transmission, mental health of people in prison, including drug use disorders and provision of health interventions. The presentations are provided below.

Mental health among people in prison at the time of COVID-19: all bad news? Emma Plugge

SARS-CoV2 vaccination roll-out in European prisons Lara Tavoschi

COVID-19 infections and prevention and control measures in European prisons Filipa Alves da Costa

Prisons, drugs and COVID-19:Early releases and continuity of care Sam Shirley-Beavan

Impact of COVID-19 on drug use and drug related interventions in European prisons Linda Montanari and Liesbeth Vandam


WHO Europe Webinar - Prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons: What have we learned? 21 July 2020 

The primary purpose of this webinar was to present the WHO interim guidance on preparedness, prevention and control of COVID 19 in prisons and other places of detention, highlighting its purpose, its main areas of applicability and most recent updates The webinar also shares differnt countries experiences gained from the pandemic and presents the surveillance system developed jointly by WHO/ECDC.

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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. 

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. 

For more information and to watch a recording of the webinar, click here.   

A Seven Country Report on COVID-19 in prisons

On May 7, 2020  a discussion with leaders in Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Jamaica, Malawi, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago was recorded on the steps that have been and/or need to be taken to protect children and adults detained in police lockups, remand centres and correctional centres as the pandemic spread in their countries.



Conversations on Coronavirus - a series of short films from a national public health agency on active response to COVID-19 in prisons (Public Health England)

Public Health England's Health and Justice team give an insight into their work as a public health agency and the actions they are taking with partners to manage the outbreak of COVID-19 in prisons. 

Further videos in this series can be found here