Lunes, 21 Diciembre 2015 19:22

Anita Rani Kansal

Nursing Superintendent, National Institute of Tuberculosis Respiratory Diseases (NITRD) (India)

Anita has been very active and has trained more than 180 staff nurses working in her hospital on all aspects of TB care and airborne infection control measures since 2013. She was very active in improving infection control measures in her hospital, such as improving ventilation in the patient wards, rearranging patient wards to improve safety and ventilation, as well as providing health education materials on proper cough etiquette. She also introduced the use of masks for inpatients to help decrease the risk of nosocomial infections.

Lunes, 21 Diciembre 2015 19:22

Du Guichun

Co-chief superintendent nurse, Shenyang Chest Hospital (People’s Republic of China)

Since attending the ICN training in July 2014, Du Guichun trained all of the nurses in her hospital on what she had learned and coached 35 head nurses. Through this training nurses and other health workers’ attitude towards patients has improved and stigma towards patients has decreased. In addition, she created a patient handbook for MDR-TB treatment and management. The handbook contains patient education on MDR-TB treatment, record of treatment, notes pages for the provider and patient to keep notes and other information.

Miércoles, 28 Octubre 2015 16:42

Article about Zamani Dlamini, from South Africa, awarded as Leading Light in June 2015

Zamani Dlamini, nurse from South Africa, is recognised for the wonderful work he does in a very rural and underserved area.

From taxi driver to TB-care champion, Zamani brings hope to the sick in rural KwaZulu-Natal. He wishes to share his passion for TB care and management with other nurses.

To read the article published and learn more click here

Viernes, 09 Octubre 2015 16:55

Partners in Development Award

We are pleased to inform you that our sponsor, Eli Lilly and Company, is the recipient of the 2015 ICN Partners in Development Award.

Eli Lilly and Company, a leading innovation-driven pharmaceutical corporation, has worked with ICN since 2003 to strengthen the global nursing capacity in the prevention, detection, care and treatment of TB and M/XDR-TB in countries with high burdens.

The ICN-Lilly TB/MDR-TB project 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. In the most recent phase, activity has focused on four core countries – China, India, Russia and South Africa.

to learn more click here 

Viernes, 09 Octubre 2015 10:36

Nyembezi Chinkhombe

Nurse midwife technician of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre (Malawi)

Nyembezi is a nurse midwife technician working in the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi – the largest referral hospital in Malawi. She advocates for the care of MDR-TB patients in her hospital and is working closely with the hospital management, district health office and other stakeholders to improve the current inpatient facilities for MDR-TB patients and arrange care for these patients closer to their homes. Nyembezi has shown that she can handle and execute her duties as a unit in charge nurse and ensures that care for patients with TB is of a high standard.

Viernes, 09 Octubre 2015 10:36

Elena Duman

Chief Nurse of Belovskiy branch of Kemerovo TB Dispensary (Russian Federation)

Elena, jointly with Nadezhda Sivolozskaya, implemented the same research project in her hospital. The final outcomes were quite optimistic. Within this study Elena formed two groups of nursing assistants. Participants in the first group received only standard recommendation to read some specific literature, while participants of the second group took part in a series of interactive trainings. These nursing assistants from the second group reached 100% of the necessary knowledge and skills related to TB infection control within their professional roles.

Viernes, 09 Octubre 2015 10:36

Nadezhda Sivolozskaya

Chief Nurse of Kemerovo regional TB Dispensary (Russian Federation)

Nadezhda works at the Kemerovo regional TB Dispensary, located in the Siberian region which is highly affected with TB. She recognized that there was a number of cases of TB among health care workers, especially nursing assistants which led to a high turnover of nursing assistants. Nadezhda realized that the knowledge of TB and appropriate infection control was very low among nursing assistants and other non-medical staff. As a result she developed an interactive training for this group in her hospital and involved the nurses as peer educators and mentors. Over the past two years since this training has been in place, not only has the knowledge and skills of nursing assistants improved, but the teaching skills of nurses has also improved.

Martes, 14 Julio 2015 08:44

Liang Yuexin

Professor of nursing, Longtan Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China)

In 2011, Liang Yuexin attended TB/MDR-TB training organized by ICN and the China Nurses Association in Beijing. Following the training, she founded a QQ group (social network group) for ICN training members. This platform helps TB nursing colleagues from all over the country to have more convenient and quick access to relevant information about TB prevention and control, and then promptly apply these TB health measures.

After returning to Longtan Hospital, her place of work, Liang Yuexin trained more than 250 nursing staff on MDR-TB knowledge. Her hospital has many patients co-infected with TB and HIV, which brings a lot of difficulties and confusion to nursing. Therefore, her training also emphasized teaching about TB/HIV co-infection as well as improving the nurses' knowledge of relevant content, how to facilitate nurse-patient communication, to improve clinical nursing work, to improve the patient's medication adherence and the on-time consultation rate.

Martes, 14 Julio 2015 08:43

Zamani Dlamini

TB Coordinator, Hlabisa Hospital, UMkhanyakude district (South Africa) 

Zamani Dlamini is a professional nurse working at Hlabisa Hospital as a TB/MDR-TB coordinator and also acts as an operational manager for the MDR-TB clinic. Zamani faced a lot of challenges in the TB programme as the rural area where he works covers a large area with a population of more than 250,000 and faces a lack of resources. His district also has a high rate of both TB and HIV.

Zamani Dlamini teaches his patients who are coming to take medications on a daily basis at the MDR-TB clinic about the proper infection control at home, importance of taking medication, common side effects associated with MDR medications and even about stigma associated with TB and HIV&AIDS. This education promotes compliance and reduces the defaulter rate. He also teaches the injection and tracer teams that go out every day about TB/MDR management. He provides guidance and coaching to the enrolled nurses that are working in the TB programme in the 17 fixed local clinics including 4 mobile teams on all aspects of the TB programme including infection control, increasing suspect index, increasing cure rate, decreasing death and defaulter rate, increasing bacteriological coverage, increasing success rate and many more. He also provides training to the hospital management and hospital staff to understand the proper infection control measures that will prevent the spread of TB in the institution and the 21 outlying clinics. Zamani conducts regular in-service training in the wards in order to make staff members understand the importance of screening each and every person who enters the ward or department.

Jueves, 16 Abril 2015 14:05

The HIV Nursing Matters journal

The HIV Nursing Matters journal, a publication of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society is available online.

This issue contains an article written by Carrie Tudor, TB Project Director, entitled “Training for the FIGHT AGAINST TB” on page 10 and 11.

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