Ministry of Justice
of the Azerbaijan Republic

World TB-day campaign in Penitentiary System of Azerbaijan


    The Main Medical Department (MMD) of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria support conducted awareness-raising event dedicated to the World TB day in 4 colonies, on March 27 and 28 of the current year. Well known World and European fight champions, popular and famous singers and TV spokesmen along with representatives of the MMD MoJ participated to the event. The campaign main purpose was to raise awareness among inmates on the global TB problem through interactive communication, documentary movie demonstration released by ICRC about tuberculosis in prisons of Azerbaijan, providing information upon the disease and TB infection control measures, etc. An active participation of NGO and great interest and support of Penitentiary System were displayed within organization of these events.
     It should be mentioned, that the World TB day in Penitentiary System was performed on such scale for the first time and the organizers aim has been successfully achieved, by the feedback and active detainees participation evidenced in four covered colonies, as well as event guests appreciation, emphasizing usefulness and importance for self-learning.  Activities were carried out on a voluntary basis and have attracted an interest of civil society representatives and drew attention to the discussed issues.
     Mentioned event was broadcasted on the national TV, performing musical and artistic part of the event, general information about the campaign, as well as, interviews with campaign participants.
     Notwithstanding with the fact that World TB Day overlaps with Novruz holiday in our country, MMD MoJ is planning to continue tradition, successfully  established this year, expand its capabilities and cover a wider number of correctional facilities by World TB day campaigns in future.