HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support in prison settings in sub-Saharan Africa

The UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa selected the Trimbos Institute to provide international consultancy services to support its efforts in improving care in prison settings in 11 countries.


Support development of health- and rights-based HIV policies and services in correctional services in 11 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa. The project has been part of the multiyear programme of the UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa to support prison health in the region. The Trimbos Institute has been providing guidance on prison health and has developed supportive instruments to strengthen the existing HIV/TB/health services in prison settings.  Sets of guidelines, standard operational procedures and training manuals on a number of key items related to HIV an TB prevention, treatment and care on a number of key topics were developed:

  • Voluntary Counselling and Testing in prison settings
  • Psychosocial counselling for People Living With HIV/AIDS in prison settings
  • Counselling for Most At Risk Populations in prison settings
  • Condom Programming in prison settings
  • Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission in prison settings
  • Collaborative HIV-TB activities in prison settings
  • Anti-Retroviral Treatment services in prison settings.

Each of these guidelines will be complemented by the development of relevant training manuals and curricula, and be introduced and presented to the member states in regional events to reach a consensus and support national implementation. The consultancy will further assist to update the UNODC publication “HIV in Prisons in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunity for Action”.

More information 

  • Project duration: April 2014 - April 2016
  • In cooperation with: Foundation of Professional Development (FPD) and Pretoria
  • Funding: UNODC South Africa