Prisons and health

At any given time, over 2 million people are imprisoned in penal institutions in Europe. A prison sentence often entails an increased risk of becoming seriously ill or a lost opportunity to recover from an existing illness or dependency.

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WHO Health in Prisons Programme (HIPP)

WHO established HIPP in 1995 is to support Member States in improving public health by addressing health and health care in prisons, and to facilitate the links between prison health and public health systems at both national and international levels. HIPP has since developed into an international movement to promote health in prison settings.

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For every biennium, countries decide in which areas they would like to work with the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) and record the arrangements in biennial collaborative agreements (BCAs).

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