International Training Center of the Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Center,  

Riga East University hospital

Project of International Training Center of Excellence for Research and Training in management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis was started in the year 1999 as a cooperation project of State Agency of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Latvian National Tuberculosis program established an International Training Centre (ITC), which was devoted to the treatment and management of MDR-TB. 

The objectives of the ICT are to provide high quality, evidence-based capacity development at all levels (individual, organizational and institutional), drawing on worldwide evidence and in line with the latest developments and WHO guidance.

With these objectives being met, in November 2004, WHO honored the ITC by awarding it the prestigious status of a WHO Collaborating Centre.  Capacity development activities are structured according to the latest scientific developments in practical aspects of the treatment and management of DR-TB.

At present ITC is a structural part of the Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Centre of Riga East University hospital. Administrative work of ITC is carried out in collaboration with NGO Latvian Society against Tuberculosis. The faculty of ITC involves more than 20 experts, clinicians, scientists. ITC regularly cooperates with international organizations and projects to engage in training activities experts from the field and provide high-level, evidence-based up-to-date training.

Over the years ITC has facilitated multiple comprehensive training courses, workshops, and exchange of experience activities for more than 3000 health care workers from more than 60 countries on the clinical and managemental aspects of drug-resistant tuberculosis, addressing the key challenges in TB control.