On 8 December 2016, the State Prisons Administration, State Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNAMID Rule of Law Section concluded a two-day health outreach awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS.

More than 200 inmates and prisons staff in Kheir Khanaga Women Prison and Shallah Federal Prison in El Fasher, North Darfur participated in the voluntary testing carried out by Sudan National Aids Control Programme (SNAP).

Additionally health awareness related information, educational and communication materials were distributed to prisoners.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Francis Makathimo UNAMID Corrections Officer, North Darfur reiterated the mission’s readiness to continue supporting prisons administration by organizing vocational trainings and health outreach awareness campaigns for inmates.

He encouraged the inmates and staff at Shallah Federal Prison to share the knowledge they had learned with their communities.

Major Osman Mohamed Musa (Retired), Director, Shallah Federal Prison, appreciated the support, capacity building and health outreach activities conducted by UNAMID, while Mr. Haroun Yousef Juma, Coordinator of HIV/AIDS Programme, State Ministry of Health commended UNAMID for their HIV/AIDS related outreach initiatives targeting prison inmates.

A representative of the inmates noted that they had benefited from all the programmes implemented by UNAMID including the vocational trainings, sports activities, medical services and health awareness campaigns.

The awareness campaign fell within the framework of the support provided by the UNAMID Rule of Law, Prisons Advisory Unit to the state prisons. It is aimed at sensitizing the prisons and local communities on Voluntary Confidential Counseling and Testing (VCCT) of HIV/AIDS, and support programmes that are available for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

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