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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 !
Professor of nursing, Longtan Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China)
In 2011, Liang Yuexin attended TB/MDR-TB training organized by ICN and the China Nurses Association in Beijing. Following the training, she founded a QQ group (social network group) for ICN training members. This platform helps TB nursing colleagues from all over the country to have more convenient and quick access to relevant information about TB prevention and control, and then promptly apply these TB health measures.
After returning to Longtan Hospital, her place of work, Liang Yuexin trained more than 250 nursing staff on MDR-TB knowledge. Her hospital has many patients co-infected with TB and HIV, which brings a lot of difficulties and confusion to nursing. Therefore, her training also emphasized teaching about TB/HIV co-infection as well as improving the nurses' knowledge of relevant content, how to facilitate nurse-patient communication, to improve clinical nursing work, to improve the patient's medication adherence and the on-time consultation rate.
TB Coordinator, Hlabisa Hospital, UMkhanyakude district (South Africa)
Zamani Dlamini is a professional nurse working at Hlabisa Hospital as a TB/MDR-TB coordinator and also acts as an operational manager for the MDR-TB clinic. Zamani faced a lot of challenges in the TB programme as the rural area where he works covers a large area with a population of more than 250,000 and faces a lack of resources. His district also has a high rate of both TB and HIV.
Zamani Dlamini teaches his patients who are coming to take medications on a daily basis at the MDR-TB clinic about the proper infection control at home, importance of taking medication, common side effects associated with MDR medications and even about stigma associated with TB and HIV&AIDS. This education promotes compliance and reduces the defaulter rate. He also teaches the injection and tracer teams that go out every day about TB/MDR management. He provides guidance and coaching to the enrolled nurses that are working in the TB programme in the 17 fixed local clinics including 4 mobile teams on all aspects of the TB programme including infection control, increasing suspect index, increasing cure rate, decreasing death and defaulter rate, increasing bacteriological coverage, increasing success rate and many more. He also provides training to the hospital management and hospital staff to understand the proper infection control measures that will prevent the spread of TB in the institution and the 21 outlying clinics. Zamani conducts regular in-service training in the wards in order to make staff members understand the importance of screening each and every person who enters the ward or department.
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