2nd training on health promotion in penal system

Participants of AFEW prison training 2012

On June 21-23, 2012, in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia the 2nd training on health promotion in penal system was organized within the Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) programme. The training was conducted by one of the international technical partners of CAHR – AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) and focused on providing information on and building up practical skills for implementation the Health Promotion Programme in the penal system of Malaysia and Indonesia.

The training included presentations by Arkady Grigoriev, AFEW; and Kheista Leonie Christianti, Rumah Cemara. The presentations reviewed Medical aspects of HIV prevention, Features of prevention activities and Types of preventive work. They also focused on Approaches to behavior change, Modern conceptions of motivation, Burnout syndrome, Tools and Approaches for Prison Staff. Topics related to stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS were discussed, in addition to an analysis of the role of the State in the fight against HIV/AIDS through the development of prevention programmes in prisons.

The training gathered representatives from 2 NGOs working in Malaysia and Indonesia on harm reduction within CAHR: Rumah Cemara (Indonesia) and Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC).

As a result of the training a plan for development of social bureaus was worked out to provide after-care after the release of inmates (safer place/case management, referral to health service, esp. methadone maintenance treatment and antiretroviral adherence, income generation skills) as well as plan of the project launch in Malaysia.

Arkady Grigoriev, the facilitator of the training, stressed the importance of the event stating, “The dynamics at the training was very high. The participants were highly motivated and aimed at addressing issues related to health promotion in the penal system, human rights and case management. Hope, the implementation of these plans is only a matter of time.”

AFEW will be continuously supporting CAHR in building capacity for improved harm reduction programming related to the health of prisoners, building on their experience working in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.