Who are we?

Health Without Barriers, The European Federation for Prison Health, is a network of national based association and experts together operating to promote an healthy prison environment in European prisons, for the public benefit of the entire population.

The mission of HWBs is the improvement of inmates’ health and custody condition, through the promotion of good health practices, ethical standards for the safeguard of human rights in prison (see the Human Rights Charta of HWBs), research and interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of prison health.
















Health In Prison Program Steering Group Meeting – Copenhagen, 25 May 2018

The meeting was held at the UN city in Copenhagen and involved the attendance of representatives from national and international organizations and consultants – THL Finland, WHO Europe, WHO/HIPP, ICRC, Andalusian School of Public Health, WHO Collaborating Centre/Public Health England, UNODC, AFEW, University of Oxford, Nordic Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing, European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction, Health Without Barriers, DGSP Portugal, FOPH Switzerland, Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.


The Human Rights Charta

As an organization, Health Without Barriers is committed to contributing with all of its available means to ensure that the health-related human rights of people in prisons are duly respected, protected and fulfilled. In particular, and in line with the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment (CPT) and the UN Nelson Mandela Rules, Health Without Barriers promotes seven basic principles of quality prison healthcare, which were encoded in the Health Without Barriers Human Rights Charta, a work that has been accomplished in January 2017 by the Human Rights working group co-chaired by Prof. Hans Wolff and Stefan Enggist, with the aim to reiterate the core ethical obligations health-care staff working in prisons, and responsible authorities, should comply with. DOWNLOAD THE HWB HUMAN RIGHTS CHARTA