The ICN TB Project’s ‘Leading Lights’ initiative was launched on 17 June 2014 at the WHO headquarters.
This initiative aims to showcase the work of exceptional nurses and other health care workers who have made a valuable contribution to TB prevention, care and management in their local facility and/or community.
The launch, which was attended by members of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis, included presentations about the Leading Lights Initiative and the work of the ICN TB Project from Evan Lee, Vice President, Global Health Programs and Access, Eli Lilly and Company; David Benton, Chief Executive Officer of ICN; and Gini Williams, TB Project Director.
ICN has been part of the Lilly MDR/TB Partnership since 2005 and since then has reached more than 90,000 nurses and allied health workers in China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia. A United Way Worldwide grant made possible by the Lilly Foundation supports the project, which uses a transformational training methodology, designed specifically to encourage practice development. Experienced nurses working mainly in TB and HIV are trained to cascade information to nursing colleagues and other health workers to improve patient care delivery.
Nurse from China, works at Dalian Tuberculosis hospital.
Moved by the suffering of people affected by TB, Yu Hongmei has been doing all she can to improve the situation. In addition to training nursing colleagues and other staff she has initiated a number of projects to address particular issues. She improved case finding by strengthening integration between diagnostic and treatment services and organising the screening of contacts and other high risk groups.
She has also improved health education and support for patients by training the nurses caring for patients in hospital and in the community on all aspects of TB treatment and care with particular emphasis on improving nutrition and infection prevention. As a result of Yu Hongmei’s advocacy, the correct respiratory protection was finally provided for the staff and TB and MDR-TB in- and out-patient units were renovated with the result that nosocomial transmission was reduced. In spite of these achievements Yu Hongmei continues to strive to learn about new concepts and developments to improve the situation for the people she serves.
Nurse from South Africa, works at Jose Pearson TB Hospital.
Following the training she received in 2013, Venesia was determined to prevent transmission of TB by teaching staff about infection prevention and control and proving supportive supervision to make sure policies were understood and adhered to. She campaigned for staff to receive N95 respirators, provided training to ensure they were used correctly.
She also made sure that visitors were given N95 respirators as well as information about infection prevention. As a result of her advocacy a sputum booth was acquired. In her training, Venesia, promotes good quality on-going education of patients and their families about TB and DR-TB and stresses the importance of reducing stigma and discrimination overall.
Chief nurse from Russia, works at the TB children sanatorium, Yakutia Republic.
Sargylana has been instrumental in improving the care of children affected by TB in Sanatoria across Yakutia Republic. She has attended two courses run by the Russian Nurses Association in collaboration with the ICN TB Project, one in 2008, a training for nurse trainers on all aspects of TB prevention and care and another in 2013 on research methods.
In addition to training her colleagues, she has carried out research to improve nutrition and fitness of the children being cared for in sanatoria and as a result the nutrition and exercise programmes she has developed, have been adopted across the republic. As a result of her advocacy the Government of Yakutia Republic has provided funds to build a new, modern, sanatorium for 200 children.
St Patrick’s Hospital, Bizana, South Africa. After attending the TB training last year Mr Mbiko systematically trained all the nurses in his hospital, encouraged them to screen people for TB and ensured that people got registered and started on treatment. “This capacitation saved people’s lives because I went back with knowledge and courage to help these people who were just left to die.”
Xinjiang Chest Hospital, Urumqi, China, has trained more than 1,000 healthcare workers across Xinjiang since she was first trained in 2009. Together with colleagues she developed a handbook on TB that was given to prison medical staff and has written a textbook on TB infection control and nursing care, 2400 copies of which have been sold and 1500 copies distributed free-of-charge.
Tolyatti TB Dispensary, Russia, says that the ICN TB project has changed her professional life. Since she first participated in the Train the Trainer workshops in 2009, she has trained countless nurses and has been instrumental in implementing nurse-led care for patients co-infected with TB and HIV. Treatment outcomes in the unit have significantly improved since this initiative began.
Queen Naulapwa Chisanga is a nurse by profession and has worked as Assistant TB/HIV/AIDS /Leprosy Coordinator at Lusaka District Community Medical Office in Zambia, since 1996. She attended the ICN Training for Transformation in prevention, care and management of TB in 2009 at Fringilla.
Nurse Chisanga has been active in training nurses and community health workers in all aspects of TB care and prevention from contact screening, to infection prevention to adherence counselling. Her services are often required as a consultant to facilitate training in districts outside her own. In the last few years treatment success rates have remained high and mortality rates and delays in diagnosis have been reduced.
Nurse Chisanga believes that without the collective efforts from the key players e.g. Ministry of Health (National TB Programme –NTP), International Council of Nurses, Provincial health office, District Health Office , Health Facilities , Community members ,private Hospitals , ZUNO and stake holders in the fight against TB/HIV /AIDS, the improvements in programme outcomes would not have been achieved.
“May the same spirit of hard working, commitment and support towards the programme be continued. I love my work and enjoy it above all, I feel happy when my TB Patients are cured. Together we can fight TB.”
Guiying Nie is deputy director at the TB Treatment Center of Yunnan CDC in Kunming, China.
She attended the ICN Training for Transformation in prevention, care and management of TB in July 2013 in Chongqing. She aims to help patients to take the whole treatment without interruption through group psychological guidance and support, to choose effective infection control measures and reduce the MDR-TB or XDR-TB cases due to irregular treatment.
“Under the support and help of projects like ICN, CAP - TB and the global fund projects, our care team has gotten rid of the traditional and fixed form of thinking and working, no longer being limited to injection, medicine distribution and health promotion. Our working domains have been stretched; our skills have been expanded; our nursing work has been endowed with new meaning.
“ Nurses can now select and wear correctly masks, collect quality sputum samples to test, select the reasonable and regular treatment, and understand how to analyze and deal with problems. In addition, the trust and the satisfaction between nursing staff and patients have significantly improved, and there is teamwork between families, patients and other groups.