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Can mental health and health care be promoted among young prisoners in Cambodia?

Research project Research on the health and health care of prisoners in low-income countries is scant.

Research on the health and health care of prisoners in low-income countries is scant. The overall objective of present research collaboration is to improve the mental health of young inmates and to strengthen the health care system within the prisons in Cambodia. This will be done through the development of a collaborative partnership between researchers at the Caritas-Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH) in Phnom Penh and the unit of Epidemiology and Global Health (EpiGH) at Umeå University. This will be achieved through the combination of five interlinked research and capacity building specific aims: Research aims • To assess prevalence and pattern of mental health problems and life skills among young prisoners; • To evaluate the impact of the Life Skills Education intervention to promote mental health among young prisoners; • To develop a plan to strengthen the mental health care system in the selected prisons. Capacity building and collaboration aims • To identify conceptual and methodological approaches to promote mental health among youth prisoners and the strengthening of mental health care system in prisons; • To build individual and institutional capacity in both research institutions in the areas above highlighted. The proposed research collaboration can highlight the health situation of youth inmates, give voice to their needs and create a space of dialogue with prison authorities aiming to improve the mental health and health care in the prisons nationwide.

Project overview

Project period

2018-01-01 2020-12-31

External funding

Vetenskapsrådet, 2018-2020: SEK 2,385,000

Research subject

Folkhälsovetenskap