EU experts trained representatives of Kyrgyz penitentiary institutions on treatment of drug dependency in prisons

Two German experts conducted a two-day training workshop for fourteen representatives of the penitentiary system from the State Service of Execution of Punishments and heads of Atlantis rehabilitation centres located in prisons.

The second training on this issue, which was conducted in Kyrgyzstan, focused on opioid substitution therapy (OST). The trainers discussed with the participants the social support of drug users, and hepatitis B vaccination for prisoners and staff. The particpants of the workshop also discussed the needle exchange programmes in prisons and the modernisation of equipment in primary health care units and rooms for psychological consultations.

A working group of 10-15 experts in the field of substance abuse and social work will participate in the CADAP trainings in 2017. These trainings will be conducted in Central Asian countries to improve the quality standards of medical services rendered for problem drug users. At the end of the trainings, participants will receive certificates from the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

CADAP 6 supports the Atlantis drug treatment programmes in the prison system in Kyrgyzstan. The Clean Zones and Atlantis centres were introduced by CADAP during previous phases with financial support from the EU. Trained professionals from the public health system, social workers and psychologists work with patients. Clients come to the Clean Zone voluntarily and are located in a separate building, which is equipped and supplied to carry out rehabilitation.

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