It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our colleague and friend Paolo Pertica last year, following a long struggle with mental ill-health. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
In 2004 in recognition of the contribution Paolo had made in his work helping drug users caught up in the criminal justice system, both in the UK and more widely in Europe, an award was established in his name. This award is presented to someone who, like Paolo, has undertaken work that has contributed significantly to the improvement of knowledge about and assistance for drug users, especially those who are incarcerated.
In memory of Paolo, here he is in 2012 presenting the award at the first CHI conference. youtube.com/watch?v=u-eyxkgy0xo
Paolo’s family are happy to have the award continue. The next will be presented, by members of his family, during City Health 2020 https://cityhealthinternational.org/conferences/2020-programme Warsaw, in June.
The Paolo Pertica Award was established in 2004 by the European Network of Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prisons (ENDIPP) to mark the 10-year anniversary of the network. The creation of ENDIPP stemmed largely from Paolo Pertica’s work with prisoners from a wide range of different nationalities incarcerated in London prisons. The award was created to acknowledge his contribution to the development of work with drug using prisoners in the UK and within European criminal justice systems.
In addition to ENDIPP, the International Harm Reduction Association previously acted as the custodian of the award and now this responsibility resides with K•A•C.