WHO Health in Prison Programme

The WHO Health in Prisons Programme aims to support European Member States in improving public health by addressing health and health care in prisons, and to facilitate the links between prison health and public health systems both at national and international levels. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Health and Prisons was operationally managed by Paul Hayton, based in the Healthy Settings Unit, from 2005-2014.

The purpose of the Collaborating Centre is to support the WHO’s Health in Prisons Programme to achieve its strategic objectives through delivery of its work plan.

Project Lead

Dr Mark Dooris

Project Staff

Paul Hayton
Michelle Baybutt

Funding Organisation

Department of Health and Public Health England



Public Outputs

Fraser, A., Gatherer, A. and Hayton, P. (2009) Mental health in prisons: great difficulties but are there opportunities? Public Health 123: 410–414.

Gatherer, A., Moller, L. and Hayton, P. (2005) WHO European Health in Prisons Programme after ten years: persistent barriers and achievements. American Journal of Public Health, 95: 1696-1700.

Gatherer, A., Fraser, A., Hayton, P. and Moller, L. (2010) Public health leadership, social justice and the socially marginalised. Public Health 124: 617-619.

Hayton, P., van den Bergh, B. and Moller, L. (2010) Health protection in prisons: The Madrid Recommendation. Public Health 124: 635-636.

Møller, L.F., Matic, S., van den Bergh, B.J., Moloney, K., Hayton, P. and Gatherer, A. (2010) Acute drug-related mortality of people recently released from prisons. Public Health 124: 637-639.

van den Bergh, B.J., Møller, L.F. and Hayton, P. (2010) Women's health in prisons: It is time to correct gender insensitivity and social injustice. Public Health124: 632-634.

Møller, L., Stöver, H., Jürgens, R. and Gatherer, A. (2007) Health in Prisons. A WHO Guide to the Essentials in Prison Health. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.