WMA launches course to help prison doctors confronted with torture
- By: Fiona Fleck
The World Medical Association (WMA) has launched a web based course to help prison doctors detect torture and treat victims, in the wake of allegations that US doctors were complicit in the abuse of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay (Lancet 2004;364:725-9).
The association's secretary general, Delon Human, said the 12 hour course, called “Lupin,” is the first one specifically designed for prison doctors and includes guidelines on ethics and human rights that are based on international declarations concerning torture in prisons.
Developed by the Norwegian Medical Association, a member of the World Medical Association, and sponsored by the Norwegian government, anyone can participate free of charge at the course's website (http://lupinnma.net).