DAPP Projects

In most countries human rights have been restricted for prisoners, the fact that a prisoner is deprived of liberty does not void all rights. DAPP is implementing the Human Rights Project in collaboration with Prisons Care and Counselling Association and PANOS Institute of Southern Africa. The project aims to contribute to increased protection of human rights and improved living conditions of prisoners in Muchinga, Luapula and Central Provinces of Zambia.

The 36 months project works in 8 prisons to develop cooperation between civil societies and government entities working with prisons in the targeted districts and provinces. A network of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has been established to create a strong voice in Zambia on prisoners’ human rights and democratization.

With an aim of reaching 1,000 detainees and all circumstantial children below 4 years old in the targeted prison, the project will realise its goals by focusing on health and wellbeing of prisoners in particular working on HIV/AIDS, feminine hygiene, water and sanitation, and nutrition.

The Human Rights in Prisons project, is training HIV/TB Peer Educators,conducting HIV counselling and testing, training HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Supporters among prison staff. The project is working towards, strengthening access to legal services among prisoners by conducting activities such as capacity building of para-legals among the prisoners and establish a network of para-legals, conducting training on prisoners’ legal rights peer support groups and link prisoners to existing legal support systems.

Further, peer educators will be trained in health with focus on TB/HIV/AIDS, feminine hygiene, water and sanitation and nutrition amongst the prisoners. This will facilitate the establishment of psychosocial support and ART adherence groups for People Living with HIV among inmates in which best practices will be shared. Eventually, a women’s hygiene program and health program will be launched.

The project recently started the implementation of activities and is in start-up stages. However, by June 2016, 107 inmates were trained as HIV/TB Peer Educators, 88 inmates were tested and the project took necessary steps for all those were found positive by linking them to nearest health facilities.

Through this project, Human Rights of prisoners will be improved and capability of prisoners will be built.  As a result advocacy will be enhanced at all levels for the improvement of prisoners’ rights and a network of stakeholders including other EU partners in development under the Country Based Support Scheme (CBSS), will be created to form a united voice for the recognition and improvement of prisoners’ rights.

The project is working in Serenje, Mkushi, Mpika, Chinsali Samfya and Mansa Districts with funding from the European Union.

Implementing partners: PANOS Insitute Southern Africa, Prisons Care and Counseling Association(PRISCCA)

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