In December 1999 the Kampala workshop on ‘Health in African Prisons’ gathered together about 80 people from all over Africa and the world to share their experiences. Practitioners, Heads of Prison Services, researchers and NGOs have worked together to gather information and suggest new directions in this field. Together the 80 delegates elaborated and adopted the Kampala Declaration on Prison Health in Africa, as well as a series of recommendations for governments, NGOs and donors.
The Kampala workshop was part of the process preparing the Pan African conference on Prison Health that the Ugandan Prisons Service is currently working on. The workshop aimed to set the ground for debate and highlight some of the most pressing issues. Group work allowed the detailed discussion of various subjects and the development of suggested plans for action.
Health in prison is everybody’s concern. We hope that this meeting, and the publication of its work will contribute to the debate and raise new ideas to progress towards more humane prisons.
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