10 August, Juba – Practical COVID-19 guidelines for South Sudan’s police and prison service have been developed and deployed to enhance preparedness and serve as a communication and awareness raising tool for personnel, prisoners, and the general public.
UNDP and UNMISS supported the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) and National Prison Service of South Sudan (NPSSS) to develop the guidelines by drawing upon the public health guidance issued by the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity and the World Health Organization, as well as international, regional, and national best practices.
Both the NPSSS and SSNPS Guidelines are intended to provide simple and concise guidance, presenting information in a practicable and readily usable format, including through the use of user-friendly graphics. They have been distributed in English and Arabic, in the form of posters, banners, and small booklets.
Throughout South Sudan, COVID-19 has placed significant challenges to personnel on the frontlines supporting implementation of national COVID-19 measures. COVID-19 risks are particularly unique while undertaking day-to-day activities of police, prisons and other places of detention due to the practical challenges in maintaining social distancing, limitations on the availability of PPE, and the impact on vulnerable categories of the prison population. UNDP supports these guidelines to help police and prison personnel ensure public safety, security, and human rights standards are maintained.