The inauguration of the of medical waste collection and destruction site in Prison No. 16
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16 December 2015

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has presented today the innovative site for collection and disposal of medical waste equipped with a Baltner device at the Pruncul nr.16 Prison Hospital.

This innovative, environmentally safe waste management equipment allows for effective recycling of sharps and hazardous medical waste resulting from the needle and syringe exchange program implemented by the Department of Penitentiary Institutions. The equipment donated by UNODC ensures safe decontamination of the medical waste, turning them into household waste appropriate for recycling and further processing.

The event was attended by Mr. Alexandru PInzari, head of the Department of Penitentiary Institutions, Mrs. Ina TCACI, National HIV/AIDS coordinator UNODC Moldova, Mrs. Svetlana PLAMADEALA, Country Manager UNAIDS Moldova, Dr. Haris Hajrulahovic, WHO Representative to the Republic of Moldova.

In his speech, Mr. Alexandru PInzari, thanked the representatives of UNODC for the state of the art equipment so much needed in the penitentiary system. "Prisoners, although persons deprived of their liberty remain the same people who need to be socially included. The Department of Penitentiary Institutions is making significant efforts to provide to the people in detention health services equivalent to those available in the civilian sector ".

Moldovan prison authorities have demonstrated leadership and pragmatism in adopting evidence-based HIV prevention programs. After 16 years, Moldova remains one of a few countries in the world where comprehensive harm reduction services are available in prisons. In terms of statistics the number of new cases of HIV infection detected amongst inmates decreased from 32 cases (2003) to 21 cases (2013) and deaths amongst PLHIV in prisons has dropped three times from 23% (2007) and 8.6% in (2013). Currently, the prison system is implementing 13 out of 15 interventions recommended within the comprehensive package of harm reduction services. Prisons implement such services as: Needle and Syringe Program (NSP), Opioid Substitution Treatment with Methadone (OST), ARV treatment, TB and DOTS+ treatment.



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