Ministry of Justice
of the Azerbaijan Republic

WHO Collaborating Centre

Training  Centre for Tuberculosis Control in Prisons formally was found in March, 2012, however has been functioning actively within the framework of the TB control project and supported by international organizations since 1995. The TC core personnel are WHO experts, active TB control project managers and professional health care specialists. Trainers and tutors have passed TOT training provided by WHO expert and possess wide experience in trainings delivery. In May, 2014 the Training Centre has been designated as WHO Collaborating Centre (СС) on prevention and control of TB in Prisons and was added to the relevant database: On May of 2018 the status was prolonged for the next 4 years.

The Trainings agenda is based on WHO up-to-date recommendations and includes the core aspects of TB and MDR-TB control in Prisons Programme.

Each year about 16 training are offered for different audiences: a) non medical personnel of Penitentiary system; b) Penitentiary System Primary Health Centers medical staff (peripheral institutions); c) Penitentiary System Secondary Health Institution medical staff (general hospitals); d) medics from Specialized Treatment Institution Penitentiary   System Tertiary Health Institution medical staff (Specialized Treatment Institution on TB treatment); e) Lab technicians from Primary to Tertiary level Lab.

8 International Training Courses have been conducted since 2012 for 96 trainees from 17 countries. The participants represent the following countries: Italy, Russian Federation, South Africa, El Salvador, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Mongolia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. Based on relevant requests, several training sessions have been performed abroad, as well.  
Around 96 Trainings have been held for local participants. The Courses have covered 503 doctors, 307 paramedical staff, 490 penitentiary services officers, 87 healthcare  facilities doctors of the Ministry of Health.  

Till the mid 2018, 18 delegations from 11 countries: United Kingdom, the People's Republic of China, Philippines, the Republic of Iraq, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkmenistan, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Moldova (within the “Confidence Building Measures across the river Dniestr” Project) visited Baku to learn about Azerbaijan’s successful experience in TB Control.

Collaborating Centre core staff:

  • Medical Specialists of the Ministry of Justice
  • Leading specialists of the Ministry of Health’s Scientific Research Institutes and TB facilities 
  • International experts
  • Experienced medical practitioners doctors
  • Professors of the Justice Academy

Target audience:

  • Doctors and paramedical staff of the Specialized Treatment Institution (STI)
  • STI non-medical staff (administrative staff, supervisors, regime and operational units)
  • Penitentiary facilities’ multidisciplinary physicians, paramedical and laboratory staff
  • Penitentiary Services non-medical staff (administrative staff, supervisors, regime and operational units)
  • Penitentiary Services Militarized Structures staff
  • TB doctors of the Ministry of Health’s Facilities
  • New recruited medical doctors of the Penitentiary Facilities
  • International trainees implementing activities against TB in penitentiary and civil sectors


  • Modern methods and principles for TB diagnostics and treatment
  • WHO up-to-date guidelines on TB control and their implementation
  • Specifics of TB prevention, detection and diagnosis in prison settings
  • TB control measures and specifics of their implementation in penitentiary facilities
  • The safety management rules for corrections personnel communicating with inmates
  • TB/HIV and TB/hepatitis C co-infections
  • Modern laboratory methods for TB diagnostics
  • Treatment follow-up after releaseof the prisoners with TB
  • Various topics upon requests

The Training Courses in the Training Centre are conducting upon the annually approved training plan.

Training Plan for 2013
Training Plan for 2014
Training Plan for 2015
Training Plan for 2016
Training Plan for 2017
raining Plan for 2018
raining Plan for 2019