Assessment of the prison healthcare reform: findings and recommendations (13/07/2016)

On 1 July 2016 the Council of Europe will present a mid-term assessment report on the implementation of the 2014-2017 Prison Healthcare Development Strategy and Action Plan at the “Rooms Hotel Tbilisi”.

To further guide the enhancement of the penitentiary health care system, the Ministry of Corrections and Probation (MoC), in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, developed a Strategy and an Action Plan for the period of 2014-2017 with the support of the European Union (EU)/Council of Europe (CoE) Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. The priority areas of the Strategy and Action Plan were identified and developed in a series of working meetings and round-table discussions held with the involvement of all stakeholders. The documents include 16 strategic goals covering areas such as: diversification of medical services, prevention of transmissible diseases, health promotion, prevention of suicide, development of human resources and quality assurance.
In December 2015, CoE local and international experts conducted a mid-term assessment with the aim to evaluate the progress that the Georgian authorities made in achieving the strategic goals set out in the Strategy and Action Plan and completing the tasks that were foreseen. The assessment included a desk-analysis as well as meetings with representatives of the MoC, Ombudsman’s Office and civil society and on-site visit to nine penitentiary establishments.
Conclusions of the assessment, along with the recommendations are sought to assist the MoC in further improving the healthcare services for inmates and align them closer with the European standards. They will be addressed by the MoC in the development of the next prison healthcare strategy and action plan.
Ms Ana Zec, Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Mr Stephen Stork, Deputy Head of Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Georgia, Ms Tamar Khulordava, First Deputy Minister of Corrections and Probation, Ms Nino Berdzuli, Deputy Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs and other officials as well as representatives of Public Defender’s Office and civil society organisations will attend the presentation.
This activity is part of the Council of Europe’s activities in support of improving the provision of healthcare in prisons and is organised within the framework of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework Project “Human Rights and Healthcare in prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia II”.