Lunes, 23 Marzo 2015 20:21

'Leading Lights' : Selection for March 2015

As we commemorate World TB Day, the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project would like to highlight our ‘Leading Lights’ initiative, which aims to showcase the work of exceptional nurses trained by the ICN TB/MDR-TB project who have made an outstanding contribution to TB prevention, care and management in their local facility and/or community. I am delighted to announce that we have selected five nurses (two from China, one from South Africa and two from Russia) as Leading Lights for this quarter, namely :

  • Wang Xiuhua  (from China)
  • Li Chunmei  (from China)
  • Ntombasekhaya Mlandu  (from South Africa)
  • Nadezhda Baycharova  (from Russia)
  • Ekaterina Ryabova   (from Russia)

Please click on the link below to find the information about these wonderful nurses and their contribution to the fight against TB.

Newsletter on March 2015 Leading Lights

Lunes, 23 Marzo 2015 00:00

Li Chunmei

Head nurse, Shandong Chest Hospital (China)

Li Chunmei has identified many issues to solve during her 26 years working with tuberculosis patients. For example, the protection of medical staff, training of nurses, patient education and management of DOTS treatment after the patients are discharged, etc.. The ICN TFT training programme, not only increased her knowledge and confidence but taught her how to do scientific research on nursing.

Following the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project’s TFT programme, she established a standard management system to enhance the infection prevention and control in her workplace to protect staff. This included separating patients based on their smear status, improving air ventilation, providing surgical masks for patients and N95 respirators for medical staff etc. No nurses or doctors have developed TB since the TB smear-positive ward was set up four years ago. She has trained more than 200 health workers in her hospital and in the Shandong Anti-tuberculosis Association.

Domingo, 22 Marzo 2015 00:00

Ntombasekhaya Mlandu

MDR-TB Community Based Director, Jhpiego South Africa (South Africa)

Ms. Ntombasekhaya Mlandu of South Africa was one of the first nurse clinicians to begin initiating multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) patients on treatment at a decentralized hospital site in Port Shepstone, South Africa. Ms. Mlandu has been a nurse for 17 years, has worked in MDR-TB for 7 years and loves caring for patients with MDR-TB and MDR-TB/HIV co-infected patients. She has become a leader, trainer and mentor for other nurse clinicians as nurse initiated MDR-TB care is implemented throughout the country. She believes strongly that the patient is at the centre of all care and that care needs to address the patient’s situation, and circumstances – not just the making sure they take the medication. She has worked hand-in-hand with the social worker in her hospital to conduct home visits for those patients who qualified for social grants. She made regular home visits to patients being treated in the community for medication delivery including injections, follow up and identification and management of side effects. Under her management, the defaulter rate among MDR-TB patients in her hospital decreased.  She made efforts to involve the patients and their families in the care and support of the patient through the long and unpleasant treatment.

Sábado, 21 Marzo 2015 00:00

Nadezhda Baycharova

Deputy Chief Doctor on Nursing, Novosibirsk TB Hospital (Russia)

Nadezhda Baycharova began her professional career in 1980 as a nurse at Novosibirsk TB Dispensary. After three years of practice, she moved out of TB and accumulated much experience working in different settings and nursing positions. In 2005 she returned to her first place of work as a Chief Nurse and very soon as a Deputy Chief Doctor of Nursing. During this time of full-scale reforms of TB services in the whole Novosibirsk region, seven TB dispensaries with 1500 TB beds were united into one entity and Ms. Baycharova was responsible for resolving multiple managerial issues while leading a large team of nurses.

She was highly interested in developing nursing services and improving care. Through her membership in Novosibirsk regional branch of the Russian Nurses Association (RNA), she was invited to participate in one of the first TFT trainings brought to Russia by ICN. She also took part in a WHO lead programme for the specialists of TB sector. In 2013 she became a member of the RNA TB nurses’ professional network and in 2014 established such a network in her region.

Viernes, 20 Marzo 2015 00:00

Ekaterina Ryabova

Chief Nurse, Novosibirsk TB Hospital (Russia)

Ekaterina Ryabova began her career as a nurse in 2004 at a Bone-TB Children’s Sanatorium. She worked in different nursing positions and in 2009 became a Chief Nurse of Novosibirsk TB Hospital. Her main priority was to achieve the highest quality of care and improve satisfaction rates. She developed a system of quality control and individual criteria to evaluate the nurse’s work. She developed the content including numerous presentations to provide nurses of the hospital with regular trainings and established a system of continued monitoring of patients satisfaction rates with nursing care. Any patient can now report through the unit journal on a problem and it will be effectively resolved. At present, the journals are filled with thanks from the patients and it gives additional encouragement for nurses to work better and better.

Viernes, 13 Marzo 2015 15:43

Healthcare workers are at an increased risk of TB in the workplace!

says Carrie Tudor, TB Project Director.

"It is estimated that healthcare workers have a two- to three-fold greater risk of developing TB than the general population – even in high-burdened settings.

As World TB Day is later this month, I would like for us all to be reminded of the risk and to do what we can to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our patients through practicing appropriate infection control and advocating for appropriate infection control measures in our workplaces.

Unfortunately stigma remains a big issue with TB and healthcare workers who may develop TB. Many fear coming forward and disclosing their illness because of what their colleagues will say or think, what their patients and others will think. We all play a role in reducing stigma towards patients with TB as well as towards our colleagues who may have TB.  

I urge you to watch the two videos (links below) on nurses who have had TB and MDR-TB and what these experiences were like for them :

  • Kedibone Mdolo, TB Project Lead, DENOSA, South Africa -
    Many of you may know Kedibone from DENOSA in South Africa. Before joining DENOSA Kedibone was diagnosed with TB while working as a nurse in a mobile clinic and she shares her story here.
  • Pat Bond from South Africa -
    Pat Bond is another nurse from South Africa and she was diagnosed with MDR-TB while working in a private dialysis clinic where the presumed risk of TB was very low. As a result of drug side effects she has had significant permanent hearing loss and had to have a lobectomy.

None of us are immune to TB, but there is a lot we can do to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our patients.

I hope you enjoy these videos and feel free to share them with others."

Jueves, 04 Diciembre 2014 15:03

Update about the ICN TB Project

Viernes, 03 Octubre 2014 13:50

Launch of the Leading Lights initiative

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.

Sábado, 26 Julio 2014 21:12

Hongmei Yu

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.

Sábado, 26 Julio 2014 21:12

Venesia Draghoender

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.

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