The role of Health without Barriers  in the RISE-Vac Project


The role of Health without Barriers (HWB) in the RISE-Vac Project

Health without Barriers (HWB) is involved in the RISE-Vac project as full Partners and it is involved in all
activities according its network of associated in terms of achieving the project objectives.
Specifically, HWB and UK Health Security Agency/WEPHREN are the two project partners, leader and co-
leader of Dissemination Work Package 2, playing an important role in the dissemination strategy and in the
sustainability of the project after its conclusion; they are established entities that will continue beyond the
project conclusion.
Their dissemination strategy is based on a cross-media communication strategy involving social media,
online and offline (e-news, mailings, facebook, twitter @RiseVac, leaflets, website, clearinghouse and
The RISE-Vac project dissemination deliverables will stay on our public domain. The online interactive
communications will be publicly available. The benefit of WP2 are the online and offline media tools as
same as our advocacy work with policy makers, academia, civil society. WP2 will lead on the organisation of
project dissemination events by:
(1) taking advantage of already organised/planned events to disseminate RISE-Vac work (e.g. WHO
conference; scientific conferences; HWB Annual meetings and regional HWB dissemination forum)
(2) organising specific project events (e.g. the scientific workshops in each country of the

HWB participates to the worldwide prison health research & engagement network (WEPHREN) with its
President and Scientific Director, respectively Dr Fadi Meroueh and Dr. Roberto Monarca, as Members of
the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee is composed by elected experts in the field of prison health including members of
the WHO Health in Prisons Programme Steering Group and elected members from outside of the WHO
Europe Region. These experts in the field meet once a quarter to review the delivery plan for WEPHREN.
WEPHREN is a global network to exchange experience, expert advice and promote innovation in addressing
health and healthcare inequalities facing people in prison. This network is developed in partnership with
international agencies, including the WHO Europe: Health In Prisons Programme. WEPHREN is funded by
UK Health Security Agency.


There is marked disparity in research capacity and outputs between countries across the world and the
network aims to address this, aiming to ensure that the main beneficiaries of the network will be resource
poor countries.
The worldwide prison health research & engagement network (WEPHREN) provides:
- A forum for all stakeholders interested in prison health to exchange ideas and to work together;
- A forum for researchers to develop collaborative multi-centre research proposals;
- A means of disseminating important research findings;
- A platform for developing the skills of health professionals and researchers;
- A vehicle to drive development of effective collaborative networks within and between countries
- An opportunity for supported professional development of researchers, healthcare professionals
and other collaborators;
- An effective means of addressing inequities in research and professional development
- Global leadership in prison research.
In order to deliver this network, a series of priority outcomes or deliverables are determined:
1) Development and dissemination of high quality evidence for prison health and healthcare
2) Bringing together key stakeholders across professions, across disciplines and across nations
3) Facilitate the development of practitioner- and policy relevant research
4) Capacity building initiatives for health and health service delivery.