Project information

Promoting Access to Justice and Health

This project aims to promote access to justice and healthcare for prisoners in a rural Ugandan prison. This will be done through raising awareness, capacity building of prisoners, prison staff, police, law enforcement officials and community advocates, and improving access to bail and healthcare.

1 year

Charity information: AFRICAN PRISONS PROJECT

  • Need


    Access to justice and health care are significant problems, particularly in rural prisons, with 56% of prisoners in Uganda on remand. This is compounded by the fact that prisoners and the prison community, law enforcement officials, police and local communities lack the education and awareness to advocate for their rights and the capacity to do so. Without education and with limited capacity, access to bail and access to healthcare are significant problems.


    APP will use a holistic approach to promote the human rights of prisoners. We will raise awareness of prisoners’ rights and build the capacity of prisoners, prison staff, law enforcement officials, the police and the local communities to advocate for them through manuals, trainings and innovative educational programs. We will also provide education on public health issues and train Community Based Human Rights Advocates in health care provision.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase awareness on the justice system and prisoner rights.


    » Education for prisoners on the justice system: holding moots, drama and debates and producing illustrative materials to be displayed in prisons.
    » Airing radio shows on a local station about human rights of prisoners and publishing in the local and national media.
    » Holding a key stakeholder advocacy workshop to share information and best practice in promoting prisoners rights.
    » Training prisoners to be peer educators of fellow prisoners, on the justice system, and the access to justice and health rights of prisoners.

    What success will look like

    Success will be holding regular education sessions and mentoring and support for prisoner educators.

    Aim 2

    To build capacity of legal officials, community advocates and prisoners to promote prisoner rights.


    » Conducting training for prison officers to build their capacity to promote and protect the human rights of prisoners.
    » Conducting training for police officers to build their capacity to promote and protect the human rights of prisoners.
    » Conducting training for court officials to build their capacity to promote and protect the human rights of prisoners.
    » Holding bi-annual meetings strategic meetings with district leadership.

    What success will look like

    Success will be training for 10 prison officers, 15 police officers and 10 court officials and 5 representatives at strategic meetings.

    Aim 3

    To increase access to bail amongst prisoners.


    » Printing and distributing a bail manual to prisoner peer educators, police, prison administration, magistrates and judges.
    » Holding innovative education programs on bail application procedures.

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase in the number of prisoners applying for bail, acquiring bail and regular education sessions held.

    Aim 4

    To increase access to health care services and information on key health issues amongst prisoners.


    » Innovative education for prisoners on key public health issues.
    » Producing illustrative materials with key health information to be displayed in prisons.
    » Training 15 community advocates in primary care service provision at national standards.
    » Equipping community advocates with health manuals and data collection tools.

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase in access, utilization and awareness of basic health care services and regular education sessions held.

  • Impact


    The project will see increased awareness on the justice system and improve access to justice and health rights of prisoners, increased capacities to promote and protect access to justice, improved access to healthcare and increased access to bail.

    To measure success, effective monitoring and evaluation of all our activities will be carried out to analyse increase in awareness, improved access to justice and health care, as well as feedback from trainings and mentoring peer educators.


    There is a risk in the way the project may be received by different stakeholders and meeting the requirement of the necessary political will and community will from these stakeholders that is required to make change. We have dealt with this risk by using innovative and interactive engagement and educational methods, such as dialogues, as well as working closely with the Ugandan Prisons Service, with whom we have an excellent relationship.


    Donors will receive a monthly email update detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes to the project plans. They will also be able to hear the radio shows, read the media articles and follow any social media relating to the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £37,692

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,800 Capacity Building Holding training workshops for law enforcement officials, prison officers and police.
      £12,452 Awareness and Education Stakeholder workshop, training prisoners as peer educators producing all materials, media.
      £3,050 Access to Health Care and Bail Equipping Community Advocates, providing access to bail information.
      £10,090 Efficient Delivery Holding district leadership review meetings, monitoring, baseline surveys, evaluation and audit.
      £2,300 Administration Salaries, supplies and equipment, office costs.
  • Background


    Needs assessments are currently underway for rural prisons in Northern Uganda; an area that has previously been subjected to war, where the rural parts currently have little access to justice or healthcare opportunities. Such rural prisons are in need of attention as highlighted in a Human Rights Watch Report “Even Dead Bodies Must Work” 2011.


    Prisoners will be the main beneficiaries of this project, empowering those who are often neglected, kept out of sight from the public, to advocate for their own access to justice and health rights. APP uses a holistic approach to improve the lives of prisoners, building the capacity of law enforcement officials, prison officers, police, and the local community, thus raising the human rights awareness and capacity to advocate for the whole local community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    APP's mission is to bring dignity and hope to men, women and children in prison in Africa through healthcare, education, access to justice and community integration. This year we have provided health education, essential nutrition to HIV positive prisoners, counseling, paralegal assistance and legal educational support. In addition, carrying out a similar project in Oyam and Apac prisons, we will have further refined our methods to ensure expert project delivery for our next rural prison.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Agnes Nakirya

    Agnes is the Access to Justice Lead for APP.

    Ugandan Prisons Service (UPS)

    UPS will play a pivotal role in the success of this project, allowing us to access the prisoners and staff on a regular basis.