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Health Promotion Programme for the Prisoners and Employees of Koridallos Judicial Prison

Quality level: 1


The general purpose of the intervention in the Judicial Prison of Koridallos (Athens) is the health promotion of prisoners and the reduction of drug related harm. The prison experiences severe overcrowding and a significant lack of personnel; along side other issues, access to health facilities is limited.

Type of intervention:
interventions in the criminal justice system
assistance to drug users in prison
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Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, impact evaluation, process evaluation
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Overall objective

The general purpose of the interventions implemented in the Judicial Prison of Koridallos is the health promotion of the prisoners and the reduction of drug related harm. More specifically, the information and mobilisation of the drug users and the prison staff with regard to infectious diseases and risk use practices, in combination with the presentation of simple and applicable harm reduction practices (in the context of the hard in-prison living conditions) aim at the decrease of infectious diseases transmission and at the health protection of the drug users and their fellow prisoners. Moreover, the provision of information regarding the in-prison health facilities and the prisoners' rights is expected to facilitate their access to the medical unit. Eventually, this mobilisation could encourage the imprisoned users to decide to abstain from drug use either temporarily or permanently.


The Health Promotion Programme in the Judicial Prison of Koridallos (Athens) has been implemented by the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Greek Delegation) upon request by the scientific staff of the prison with the formal consent of the Ministry of Justice. The programme addresses prison staff (210 people) and prisoners (an average of 2.200 people) within the specific setting. Its overall purpose is the provision of information and the awareness-raising of the prison staff and the prisoners about health matters with view to their motivation, through the parallel reinforcement of the in-prison health infrastructure. Moreover, the programme aims at assessing the living/hygiene conditions as well as the respective needs, so as the responsible agents to informed and to take directed action towards the improvement of the situation. The programme includes the following activities: a) Information seminars to the inmates on first aid, prevention of infectious diseases, harm reduction from drugs and hygiene issues. b) Information seminars to all staff members, and especially to those working at t he medical services of the prison; development of information leaflets, manuals and posters. c) Support of the prison's health infrastructure. That is, the creation of a database for keeping health files for all prisoners, the supply of medical and pharmaceutical equipment, the planning of the medical-unit area, the strengthening of the procedure of keeping personal "health records" for all prisoners; The evaluation is based on data deriving from: a) the planners of the programme, and b) the population participating in it. The applied tools are: self-constructed questionnaires, on-site observation and the assessment of the population's participation in the seminars. The provision of information to both prisoners and prison staff, the awareness-raising and the mobilisation regarding health matters resulted in the need for continuation and expansion of the seminars.

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