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Guinea: Round-table on health care in prisons

21-08-2007 News Release 07/12

Together with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and the Ministry of Public Health, the ICRC held a third regional round-table on health care in prisons in Guinea on 10 August.

The event, which took place in Kankan, followed similar meetings held in Nzerekore and Conakry in July. It was organized in follow-up to a memorandum of understanding signed by the two Ministries in June 2004. The participants included six health officials, four administrators, the regional director of public health and the prosecutor-general of Kankan, who represented the National Prison Administration Directorate (DNAP).

The round-table provided an opportunity to review the contents of a practical manual on medical visits to prisons that had been issued in November 2006 by the Ministries, with the ICRC's support. A useful tool for medical personnel working in prisons and for public-health authorities, the manual provides guidelines for improving health in prisons.

" In Guinea as elsewhere in the world, " said Georg Cunz, head of the ICRC's delegation in the country, " prison authorities are responsible for ensuring that detainees'basic needs are met, and this includes health care. "

At the end of the meeting, kits containing medical equipment and medicines were given to the heads of five prisons. 

The ICRC works with prison authorities in order to fulfill its humanitarian task of protecting the lives and dignity of persons deprived of their liberty. Since 2004, it has also been involved in a project aimed at providing the DNAP with structural support in running the country's prisons.

For further information, please contact:
  Salha Benzeghiba, ICRC Conakry, tel.: +224 6335 13 61 or +224 63 40 88 94