Contributor(s)Observatoire ivoirien des droits de l'homme / Frédéric Le Marcis / Prison Insider
Organisation of health care
Ministry in charge
Ministry of Health
Every prison facility has a health care unit
Prisons are equipped with an infirmary and a medical analysis laboratory.
Prison establishments provide care at a level of general medicine. The administration does not provide specialised treatment in the prison.
Access to health care
Health care is free
A medical examination is performed upon admission
Prisoners are systematically tested for HIV/AIDS upon arriving at the prison.
Continuity of care is often not ensured during incarceration. The infirmaries are poorly supplied. The drug supply is low and most diseases are not adequately treated.
Medication is free of charge, but many prescriptions cannot be filled for lack of resources.
Prior approval must be obtained for outside consultations or hospitalisation. Procedures are slow. The investigating judge and the manager issue transfer authorisations for the accused. The public prosecutor authorises the transfer of convicted persons at his or her discretion.
Physical health care
Cramped quarters, lack of privacy, unsanitary conditions, and poor diet make the prisoners sick. The infirmaries are poorly supplied.
Skin infections, gastro-intestinal problems, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are the most common diseases in prison.
Water stagnates and causes diseases such as malaria, and dermatological problems. Permanent humidity and promiscuity cause ringworms, scabies, rheumatism, etc.
The administration does not provide specialised treatment in the prison. People suffering from psychiatric disorders receive inadequate care. Only a psychiatric nurse is present at the jail in Abidjan (MACA).
HIV/AIDS care is considered satisfactory in the Abidjan Correctional Facility (MACA).
The MACA is better equipped than other buildings, with a bed covered with an impregnated mosquito net for each juvenile.
Mental health care
Inmates with mental disorders are not put in specific areas. They live in the same cells as other prisoners.
The supervisors and medical staff are not trained to take care of people with mental disorders.
Only a psychiatric nurse is present at the jail in Abidjan (MACA).