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Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)
Malawi: International Council of Nurses Recognizes Malawian Nurse
By Kondwani Chitosi, 26 March 2014
A Malawian female nurse has received international recognition for her role in the fight against Tuberculosis (TB), as the country is making great strides by significantly reducing TB cases and deaths, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has Learnt.
Executive Director for Nurses and Midwifes Council of Malawi, Harriet Kapyepe made the announcement during the commemoration of World TB day whose theme is "Reach the three million; find, treat, cure TB" held at Phirinjuzi Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority Masumbankhunda of Lilongwe.
"It is an honour to stand here and announce that a fellow nurse, Mary Kaponya who has been specializing in TB treatment as a community nurse for the past 11 years has been recognized for her great role. She has been recognized by International Council of Nurses an umbrella body for all nurses' councils for her dedication to work. She even invests her own resources into her job," said Kapyepe before asking guest of honour at the function, Deputy Minister of Health, Chikumbutso Hiwa to present an award of excellence, a certificate and a watch to Kaponya.
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 those 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. The winners will be highlighted on the ICN’s TB Project webpages. 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 !
Queen Naulapwa Chisanga is a nurse by profession and has worked as Assistant TB/HIV/AIDS /Leprosy Coordinator at Lusaka District Community Medical Office in Zambia, since 1996. She attended the ICN Training for Transformation in prevention, care and management of TB in 2009 at Fringilla.
Nurse Chisanga has been active in training nurses and community health workers in all aspects of TB care and prevention from contact screening, to infection prevention to adherence counselling. Her services are often required as a consultant to facilitate training in districts outside her own. In the last few years treatment success rates have remained high and mortality rates and delays in diagnosis have been reduced.
Nurse Chisanga believes that without the collective efforts from the key players e.g. Ministry of Health (National TB Programme –NTP), International Council of Nurses, Provincial health office, District Health Office , Health Facilities , Community members ,private Hospitals , ZUNO and stake holders in the fight against TB/HIV /AIDS, the improvements in programme outcomes would not have been achieved.
“May the same spirit of hard working, commitment and support towards the programme be continued. I love my work and enjoy it above all, I feel happy when my TB Patients are cured. Together we can fight TB.”
Guiying Nie is deputy director at the TB Treatment Center of Yunnan CDC in Kunming, China.
She attended the ICN Training for Transformation in prevention, care and management of TB in July 2013 in Chongqing. She aims to help patients to take the whole treatment without interruption through group psychological guidance and support, to choose effective infection control measures and reduce the MDR-TB or XDR-TB cases due to irregular treatment.
“Under the support and help of projects like ICN, CAP - TB and the global fund projects, our care team has gotten rid of the traditional and fixed form of thinking and working, no longer being limited to injection, medicine distribution and health promotion. Our working domains have been stretched; our skills have been expanded; our nursing work has been endowed with new meaning.
“ Nurses can now select and wear correctly masks, collect quality sputum samples to test, select the reasonable and regular treatment, and understand how to analyze and deal with problems. In addition, the trust and the satisfaction between nursing staff and patients have significantly improved, and there is teamwork between families, patients and other groups.
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.