Civil G8 2006

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5. Health of prisoners

Introduction


In many countries the statistics mention the high concentration of mental diseases, drug abuse and infectious diseases in detention places.
The research conducted in Russia in late 1990s showed that within the structure of the diseases among the persons being detained the most disseminated diseases were as following: respiratory apparatus diseases (pneumonia etc.) 23,5%, mental diseases (alcoholism, drug abuse etc. -19,6%, infectious diseases (tuberculosis etc.) 17,3%, skin diseases (rash, pediculosis) 10,9%.
In late 1990s the situation got worse especially due to the wide dissemination of drugs in Russia. In 2002 in Russian prisons 96 915 detained persons were subject to drug abuse, 61 579 to alcoholism, 120 517 to another mental diseases.
During 3-4 last years the epidemiologic situation improved because of the full prisons providing with the anti-tuberculosis remedies and medicaments. Meanwhile, the main index the tuberculosis morbidity in Russia still remains very high and is now one of the highest in Europe 2028 infected for 100 000 persons.16% of all the cases witness a dangerous tendency the increasing number of the infected persons having multi-drug resistance (about 16%).

Today the high mortality of the detained persons is subject to the cardiovascular diseases (32%), infectious diseases (27%) and external (non-medical) factors.

Expert opinion

Halter Marek

02.12.06

Halter Marek
Le College de France
Olivier Giscard dEstaing

02.12.06

Olivier Giscard dEstaing
COPAM, France
Mika Ohbayashi

02.12.06

Mika Ohbayashi
Institute for Sustainable Energy Poliy
Bill Pace

02.12.06

Bill Pace
World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy
Peter I. Hajnal

01.12.06

Peter I. Hajnal
Toronto University, G8 Research Group