Reference : V-P-PH-E-00542
Date : 17/03/2011
Country/Region : PHILIPPINES
Caption : Cebu city, city jail. Jail staff checks the records of tuberculosis-infected inmates.
Photographer : ZAMORA, Rem
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photogallery, 23/03/2011

Tuberculosis, or TB, is a major health concern worldwide. Based on a recent study of seven detention facilities in the Philippines, the prevalence of this disease inside jails and prisons is up to five times higher than among the general population.
Management of TB in jails is one of the key concerns of the Call for Action process launched by the ICRC in 2007. Through this initiative, the penitentiary system, in coordination with the Department of Health, implemented the National Tuberculosis Control Program in seven pilot jails and prisons to provide access to TB care for at least 30,000 inmates. To mark World TB Day, the ICRC visited Cebu City Jail to look closely at what is being done by the jail's health staff to fight the disease.

TB is a community concern as it can be easily transmitted to jail guards, staff, and the inmates' visitors. A capable and dedicated health team plays a big role in the management of TB in jails. By regularly checking patient records, they make sure detainees are able to complete treatment and avoid becoming a health risk to others.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2800
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour