Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the extent of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) crisis in Lebanese prisons, propose functional reforms for Roumieh prisons (the country's largest male top-security prison), and outline the main challenges to HIV/AIDS prevention, intervention, and treatment. Design/methodology/approach – All recommendations were based on previous successful stories, international prison standards as well as cultural considerations. Findings – This paper argues that prevention and interventions starts within the prison community including inmates, guards, and other prison and provision of appropriate health care, education, and prison infrastructure. Social implications – These strategies are not only important in limiting prevention and transmission of HIV/AIDS, but also contribute in optimizing quality of life within the prison system. Originality/value – This paper is the first of its kind to discuss the prison situation in Lebanese prisons in terms of public health promotion and reforms.
International Journal of Prisoner Health – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 9, 2014
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