TB / MDR TB Project

TB / MDR TB Project

Where are we working?

The TB project is involved in following countries :

  • China
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi 
  • Mozambique
  • Philippines
  • Russian Federation
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

     The program will roll-out to selected TB high burden countries over the next years.

Course Content

The course runs over 4 days and covers the clinical aspects of disease (TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB); disease management strategies (international and national policy) including infection control; patient care (in depth); and teaching methods. Participants commit themselves to training a further 10 nurses and 10 allied health workers and to target their training in order to address their most pressing challenges to improve the service offered to patients.

The course is designed to be participatory, encouraging discussion and problem-solving approaches. It is constantly being updated but the plan is to make it available as a training package by the middle of 2011. An interactive e-learning course on the care, prevention and management of tuberculosis and drug-resistant TB was launched in November 2010, which provides practical on-line tools to nurses and those involved in caring for patients, families and communities affected by TB.  The course is widely applicable for all settings, while also dealing with the challenges of providing care when resources are scarce and the workload is high.

It is very different from other courses in that it is designed for nurses by nurses taking into account the realities of their daily work. It is delivered by experienced nurses who are also skilled trainers.

Eli Lilly and Partners

Since 2003, Lilly has worked hand in hand with its partners to prevent multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from gaining ground and taking more lives. Now funded by the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership brings together government leaders, global health organizations, country-level healthcare providers, community and advocacy organizations and other stakeholders to increase the availability of quality-assured medicine used to treat MDR-TB, enhance education for healthcare professionals where the need is greatest, and raise awareness of the disease amongst communities most at risk.

Zhao Hong

Additional Info

  • Country China
  • Project role NNA Contact
  • Job title Professor of school of nursing, Peking Union Medical College &

Carrie Tudor

Additional Info

  • Country UK
  • Project role Director of ICN TB Project
  • Job title Project Director
Vendredi, 13 Mars 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 - https://vimeo.com/85048574
    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."


     The TB Guidelines is available in the six following languages :

  • ENG version 
    TB GUIDELINES for Nurses in the Care and Control of Tuberculosis and Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis, 2nd Edition

  • FRA version
    DIRECTIVES RELATIVES À LA TUBERCULOSE à l’intention des infirmières chargées du traitement et du contrôle de la tuberculose et de la tuberculose multirésistante, seconde édition

  • SPA version
    DIRECTRICES SOBRE LA TUBERCULOSIS para las enfermeras de cuidadosy lucha contra la tuberculosisy la tuberculosis multirresistente, 2ª Edición

  • POR version
    LINHAS DE ORIENTAÇÃO para enfermeiros no cuidado e controlo da tuberculose e da tuberculose multirresistente, 2ª Edição

  • RUS version 
    Руководящие принципы TБ контроля Для медсестер в системе противотуберкулезного контроля и ухода за больными туберкулезом  и туберкулезом с множественной лекарственной устойчивостью, второе издание 

  • CHN version 

      However, hard copies of the TB Guidelines currently exist only in english, french, spanish and portuguese.

Project Background

The ICN TB/MDR-TB Project has been part of the Eli Lilly MDR-TB Partnership since 2005. The project aims to build global nursing capacity in the prevention, care and treatment of TB. This is achieved by training experienced nurses to cascade information to nursing colleagues and other health workers with the purpose of making improvements to patient care delivery. From 2005 to 2008, in Phases 1 and 2 a transformational training methodology was developed along with regularly updated training materials including an e-learning tool. The practice-oriented nature of our training programme enables nurses to improve the implementation of policies and guidelines relating to TB and MDR-TB using a patient-centred approach.


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