Foreign and Belarusian experts are discussing the provision of medical assistance to HIV-infected people in prison.
A three-day conference has started today in Minsk on the basis of the International Training Center of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The event is attended by representatives of international organizations, experts from Moldova and Ukraine, Belarusian specialists from specialized medical institutions, penitentiary department of MIA and other departments.
Zhannat Kosmuhamedova, the head of the regional program office at UNODC in Eastern Europe, noted the importance of this meeting and expressed gratitude for the hospitality to the International Training Center of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. She also noted the interest of the organization that she represents in further cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus.
At the opening of the conference, an expert from Austria, Ehab Salah, an adviser on the penitentiary system and HIV of the UNODC office (Vienna), made a welcoming speech to the audience. Then, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, the competent authorities of Moldova and Ukraine, a number of foreign non-governmental organizations involved in the spread of HIV / AIDS and the provision of medical care, discussed the agenda and began to consider individual topics.
This conference was organized as part of a project in the field of HIV prevention in support of the state program “People’s Health and Demographic Security of the Republic of Belarus” for 2016-2020 in the penitentiary system of our country. The event will allow participants to review international experience in HIV prevention and treatment in prisons and other places of detention. Particular attention will be paid to the problem of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, as well as issues related to the activities of public organizations that provide services to HIV-infected patients upon release from prison.