Health

Covid-19 and prisons: painful closures and encouraging innovations 

Friday 04 February 2022 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

An interview with Alessio Scandurra, director of the European Prison Observatory, to understand the impact of the pandemic on European prisons, in terms of both healthcare and opportunities for inmates. 


Covid and prisons in France: interview with Dominique Simonnot 

Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Alternatives Economiques

"The epidemic has been contained at the cost of enormous sacrifices for France’s prison population", says Dominique Simonnot, French chief prisons inspector.


Romania: 25,000 deaths from pollution per year 

Thursday 16 December 2021 | Mihaela Iordache
| OBC Transeuropa

For years the media have denounced that Romania is becoming the landfill of Europe. Yet, the institutions do not intervene, and meanwhile the European Environment Agency reports that the country ranks first in Europe for deaths caused by pollution.


Citizens' distrust and lack of consensus: what led to the fiasco of contact tracing apps 

Wednesday 05 January 2022 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

European countries have spent months debating what to do with data collected through contact tracing apps. A lack of consensus, as well as the launch of new systems by Apple and Google, lessened the chances of a unified protocol among the bloc. What is clear is that Europe always prioritised the data protection of its own users.


Prisons contained the pandemic at the expense of human rights 

Tuesday 14 December 2021 | Adrian Burtin
| Voxeurop

In many European countries, containing the spread of Covid-19 has come at the price of human rights. European prisoners have had to endure extended isolation, suspended visiting hours, and the cancellation of training and recreational activities.


How Europe’s prisons have fared in the Covid-19 pandemic 

Monday 06 December 2021 | Kira Schacht
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

Prisons make fertile breeding grounds for viruses, yet administrations have revealed little about Covid-19 cases, deaths and vaccinations in Europe’s prisons. Data from 32 countries show the pandemic’s impact on prisons.


inmate holding prison bars

"With the pandemic, it was a prison within a prison” 

Tuesday 14 December 2021 | Margot Hemmerich
| Alternatives Economiques

Aurélie, 27, spent several years in prison. Maxime, 35, was an inmate in the Paris region, where the overcrowding rate is 160%. Like 13,000 other prisoners, he got out thanks to early-release measures enacted between March and May 2020. They told us their stories. 


Spain, Czechia, Denmark and Belgium are the meccas of reproductive tourism 

Wednesday 10 November 2021 | Ángela Bernardo
Eva Belmonte
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Carmen Torrecillas
| Civio

Barriers in many European countries push thousands of people abroad to access assisted reproductive technology techniques. In some cases, they take out huge loans to pay for the treatments.


Useful data on assisted reproduction in Europe

Tuesday 30 November 2021 | OBC Transeuropa

The sources which were used for EDJNet's data-driven investigation on access to assisted reproduction techniques in Europe.


The postcode lottery of publicly-funded assisted reproduction in Spain 

Monday 29 November 2021 | María Álvarez Del Vayo
Eva Belmonte
Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
Olalla Tuñas
Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
| Civio

Many autonomous communities are not providing the bare minimum of provision in Spain’s health service and are using stripped back services, age limits and imposing fees in order to avoid providing the service.