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WHO/Europe training course for prison health-care workers: innovation in NCD policy and action

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May 2022 online training course

The WHO European Regional Office for Europe, in collaboration with the Yale School of Medicine, has developed an online training course to empower and enhance professional development of national counterparts and clinicians working with prisons and other detention facilities.

The online course will give its participants the knowledge and innovative tools to:

  • review the latest evidence on the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity and overweight, cancer, respiratory diseases, and mental health disorders; and their risk factors;
  • implement successful NCD practices in a prison context;
  • develop further advocacy strategies; and
  • train their peers to deliver the WHO-recommended interventions.

Level and demands

The course is aimed at health professionals specializing in prison environments from any of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region. Professionals from other regions are also welcome to express their interest in participating.

The training is free of charge for all selected participants.

Course timeline and composition:

The course starts on 10 May 2022 and ends on 24 June 2022.

It will consist of several modules and include educational videos, webinars, practical workshops, and participant activities.

Application deadline:

Please send your expression of interest to participate in the course to Filipa Alves da Costa ( by 5 May 2022. All participants will be notified on further course details by 9 May 2022.


All participants receive a digital certificate after successfully completing the course.