Improving Health for Prisoners

Overcrowded settings such as prisons make people more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Prisoners are at greater risk to TB and HIV because of the conditions in prisons and because they are often denied access to services that are available outside prison.

With its mandate to end HIV, TB and malaria as public health threats, the Global Fund invests in programs that support improved health care for prisoners.

Sanitary conditions at the Abidjan Detention and Correctional Center in Côte d’Ivoire are a challenge. The prison, which is over-capacity by about 30 percent and houses a population of 5,000 prisoners – men and women – is the largest in the country. Public health concerns include inadequate hygiene, communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and TB/HIV co infection and an increase in the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases.

Since 2008, a partnership between the University Hospital of Bordeaux, Expertise France and the Global Fund has worked to put in place a diagnostic, prevention and treatment program to provide full case management for inmates with TB or HIV, resulting in better health for inmates.

The Global Fund and its partners are working to improve the health of inmates and ensure that male, female and transgender prisoners can access medical care – including HIV and TB testing, treatment, care and support.

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Published 06 June 2016