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

Quality level: 1

Process evaluation


The quantitative data regarding the living and hygiene conditions in the prison stem from a self-constructed questionnaire which was administered to a random sample of 300 inmates prior to the programme implementation. The number of prisoners filling in the questionnaire was 140 (6.4% of the prison population and 46.6% of the study sample). From the total number of 140 respondents, the largest percentage (33.5%) belonged to the age group of 21-30 years and 72% had a Greek nationality. According to the respective replies, the most serious problem in prison is the lack of room (80.2%) due to the overcrowding. 58% of the respondents worry about their health and 82.3% have accessed the prison's medical services. However, only 28.6% express satisfaction with the medical care they were provided with. 14.9% have had vaccination for HBV, while 59.7% have never been tested for infectious diseases. 97.1% feel insecure with their health status within the prison. Regarding the prison staff's needs

Outcome evaluation


As to the attendance at the first cycle of lectures, there were the following data: - At the lectures on first aid issues, 281 detainees expressed their desire to attend them, while 162 (57.7%) eventually did so. - At the lectures on infectious diseases, 95 detainees expressed desire to attend them, and an average of 80% finally did so. - At the lectures on harm reduction, 55 prisoners expressed their wish to participate and finally an average of 60% attended them. Similar rates (with a slight decrease) were also observed during the second and third cycles of lectures. The results deriving from the questionnaires which were administered to the participants at the end of each cycle of lectures, indicate that each cycle resulted at similar levels of knowledge. In particular, there was a considerable increase at the participants' level of knowledge regarding the infectious diseases and harm reduction issues, however there was a rather limited intention to change their behaviour (a more detailed statistical analysis is in process). Moreoever, qualitative data from individual meetings show that the information seminars assisted the prisoners in achieving emotional relief and relaxation. As a result of the information, awareness-raising and mobilisation of prisoners on health matters, the vast majority (rates between 95%-99%) expressed their wish that the lectures are repeated in the future, while the attendance intention was high.




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