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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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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.
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 !
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.
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