Review of Tuberculosis Prevention, Control and Care in Azerbaijan
This report presents the findings and recommendations of the review of the National Tuberculosis Programme of Azerbaijan, 11-17 April 2012.
Azerbaijan is one of the high TB priority countries of WHO European Region with estimated 10 000 (8300–12 000) incident TB cases (110 in 100 000 population) and 2050 (1780-2300) M/XDR-TB cases emerging per year. A total of 6390 cases, new and relapsed, were notified in 2010 (notification rate of 69.5 per 100,000). The TB notification rate (new and relapses) has been steadily increasing from 59.8 per 100 000 population in 2001 to 69.5 per 100 000 population in 2010, showing the improved case detection and registration.
In 2010, a total of 584 M/XDR-TB cases were diagnosed (492 in civilian services and 92 in the penitentiary system). In 2011, the accessibility of M/XDR-TB diagnosis increased and 811 patients with M/XDR-TB were diagnosed (724 in the civilian services and 87 in the penitentiary system), representing estimated 100% coverage in the penitentiary system and 60% coverage in the civilian services.
Building on WHO recommendations and supported by partners, Azerbaijan has visibly improved its TB control programme.