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Washington, D.C., 1 February 2013—The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will organize a workshop together with the University of Albany on issues related to the health and human rights of prisoners in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This workshop, which will take place on 2 and 3 February, is part of ongoing efforts by PAHO’s Office of Gender, Diversity and Human Rights (GDR), with support from the Organization’s areas of Family and Community Health and Health Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control to coordinate and strengthen collaboration with universities throughout the Region of the Americas, their students and faculty.

In collaboration with University of Albany’s  Institute for Health and Human Rights (IHHR) the workshop will gather more than 80 students in   the fields of health and law from different universities working in the elaboration of modules aimed at improving health and human rights conditions in prisons throughout Latin American and the Caribbean , thus, raising awareness on this important issue. 

The February workshop follows a previous visit to the University by PAHO’s Office of Gender, Diversity and Human Rights in May 2012 and a series of activities developed with faculty members and students related to the promotion and protection of excluded populations in situations of vulnerability throughout Latin American and the Caribbean.

About the Institute for Health and Human Rights

The Institute for Health and Human Rights aims to facilitate a deeper understanding of the intersection between health and human rights, and to promote innovative and interdisciplinary solutions to contemporary challenges in this arena through research, education, policy, advocacy and development.

About the Office of Gender, Diversity and Human Rights

The GDR office provides technical co-operation to PAHO's Member States to promote gender and ethnic equality, and to advance human rights and bioethics. GDR promotes the development of health policies, plans, programs and legislation that guarantee access to quality health care, participation in decision-making and equitable resource allocation. Website:

For more information, please contact David Cozac, Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist, GDR ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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