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In particular, Global Health Advocates works towards the formulation and implementation of effective public policies to fight disease and ill health.
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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 :
Please click on the link below to find the information about these wonderful nurses and their contribution to the fight against TB.
Developed by the Tuberculosis Coalition for Technical Assistance (TBCTA) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the ISTC describe a widely accepted level of care that all practitioners, public and private, should seek to achieve in managing patients who have, or are suspected of having, tuberculosis. The Standards are intended to facilitate the effective engagement of all care providers in delivering high-quality care for patients of all ages.
The ICN TB/MDR-TB Leading Lights initiative aims to showcase the work of exceptional nurses trained by the ICN TB/MDR-TB project who are making an outstanding contribution to TB prevention, care and management in their local facility and/or community.
The Leading Lights Award will highlight the contribution of those involved with caring for people affected by any form of TB and show the world what an impact effective training and resources can have on this global disease.
ICN invites all the ICN TB project partners to nominate nurses and allied health workers who have demonstrated excellence in their efforts to teach their colleagues about TB, improve patient care or make changes to reduce transmission of TB. As well as being highlighted on the ICN's website, the winners will be presented with a certificate and a special pin by their national nurses association.
Once a year, we will also be celebrating one of our in-country project leads without whom the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project would not function and these nurses would not receive the training and mentorship available.
To nominate a Leading Light, please click here !
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.
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.
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.
The Global Health Committee is focused on curing tuberculosis (TB) and effectively treating AIDS among the world's poorest populations. We believe that it is a fundamental human right to receive medicines for curable or treatable diseases.