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Strengthening TB Control in prisons of M/XDR-TB high-burden countries with emphasis on the new diagnostics, drugs and regimens 17-22 June 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan

The WHO Collaborative Centre on prevention and control of Tuberculosis in prisons under Specialized Treatment Institution of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan  announces International Training Course “Strengthening TB Control in prisons of M/XDR-TB high-burden countries with emphasis on the new diagnostics, drugs and regimens”  for managers, TB doctors, laboratory specialists, TB nurses and other individuals involved in implementation of  TB activities in Penal institutions. The course is organized in collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe on 17-22 June 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Course faculty includes specialists from WHO Headquarters (Switzerland) and Regional Office for Europe (Denmark); WHO Collaborating Centers; Regional TB Infection Control Centre (Russia); Partners in Health; Stop TB Partnership (Switzerland); MSF; State Pharmacovigilance Centre (Belarus); the Main Medical Department of the Ministry of Justice (Azerbaijan), Specialized Treatment Institution for detainees with TB (Azerbaijan), as well as independent international TB consultants.

The training languages are English and Russian. The course fee includes all expenditures related with participation including: pick-up and transfer to airport, accommodation, meals and coffee breaks, local transportation, course materials, dinner and touristic journey to Baku.

Deadline for registration is the 1st of May 2019. Completed Application Forms are expected to be returned to training_centre@prisonhealth.az and e.gurbanova@prisonhealth.az



8th European Drugs Summer School, 24th June-5th July 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.

The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) will be joining forces once again next summer to hold the eighth European drugs summer school (EDSS) on ‘Illicit drugs in Europe: demand, supply and public policies’. Registration is now open for the two-week course here


International Conference on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care – Inspiration and Direction in Vienna, July 1-5, 2019. 


Registration for the conference is free, and it would be great if we could get students and early career researchers to come along. The programme is rapidly expanding and will include plenary and poster sessions, training workshops held by a range of international organisations, including UNODC, WHO, EMCDDA, Colombo Plan among others. There will also be plenty of networking and continuous professional development opportunities, which may be of particular interest to Early Career Researchers.


2nd WEPHREN Anniversary Webinar, 12th July 2019, London, UK.

WEPHREN celebrates its second anniverary and will host the Alex Gatherer Lecture on engagement with people in prison to inform research and service delivery. This will be a webinar scheduled for 15.30-16.30 BST on Friday 12th July. If you are in London and would like ot attend in person, please contact wephren@phe.gov.uk. More details on how to join the webinar and the agaenda to follow.



5th International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, 21st-23rd October 2019, Edinburgh, Scotland.  

LEPH2019 is a biennial conference exploring the complex and diverse intersections of law enforcement and public health, involving practitioners, policy makers and researchers from these and other related sectors. 

There is currently a call for abstracts and session proposals open (deadline 29th March 2019) here


2nd European Conference on Prison Health: Health Without Barriers, 21st-22nd October 2019, Lisbon, Portugal. 

The second European Conference on Health Care in Prison aims to combine daily practice with scientific theory and evidence. 

There is currently a call for abstracts open (until 1st May 2019). For further information and insights into previous conferences, please visit the website: www.healthwithoutbarriers.org 


Lisbon Addictions Conference, 23rd-25th October 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisbon Addictions 2019, the third European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, is a multidisciplinary conference that provides a forum for networking across the addictions.

There is currently a call for abstracts (deadline 31st January) and if you know young students who are willing to attend, they can also try to apply for funds through FUTURZE (http://lx-futurize.eu/) to attend the conference.


ICPA Buenos Aires 2019, 27th October - 1st November, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

The International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Programme Committee invites individuals, agencies and organisations interested in presenting papers at the Association's 2019 Annual Conference to submit proposals for consideration. The theme for our 21st Annual Conference is "Strengthening our Correctional Cornerstones: Rights, Dignity, Safety and Support".

The conference will be hosted by the Federal Prison Service of Argentina from 27 October - 1 November 2019 at the Hotel Panamericano Buenos Aires. With attendees from over 70 countries, the ICPA Conference is the foremost annual international gathering for prison correction professionals to learn from each other.

Call for papers - open until 30th April 2019 

Conference registration opening in April 2019.