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Pakistan: prison professionals discuss health care at ICRC seminars

28-11-2011 News Release

Karachi (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is launching the first of two seminars on heath care in detention planned for this week in Karachi.

The aim of these events is to promote sharing of experiences and best practices among prison professionals.

Prison doctors will attend the first seminar on 28 and 29 November, while the governors of the main prisons in the province of Sindh will come to the second on 1 and 2 December.
The events will be opened by the secretary health Sindh, Hashim Raza Zaidi, and the inspector general of prisons in Sindh, Ghulam Qadir Thebo.

"Prisons are places where living conditions can be both physically and psychologically demanding. Working together with the prison authorities, the ICRC aims to ensure acceptable conditions of detention, safeguard the physical and mental welfare of prisoners, and promote equitable access to health-care services for them." explained Dr Raed Abu Rabi, medical coordinator of the ICRC's health in detention sub-unit. "During this week's seminars, we will discuss the improvements to the overall functioning of prison health systems in Sindh, and share experiences with prison professionals."

ICRC prison systems advisor Isabel Hight and specialists in water and sanitation in prisons will also participate in the seminars.

In its capacity as a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization, the ICRC has been active in Pakistan since 1948, with a permanent presence since 1982. In Sindh, it supports the efforts of the authorities to comply with internationally recognized norms and standards regarding the conditions of detention and the treatment of prisoners.

For further information, please contact:
Peter Lick, ICRC Karachi, tel: +92 302 811 05 80