The project is most effective when strong working relationships develop between the National Nurses Associations and the National TB Programme from the earliest stages, when participants and local co-trainers are being selected. A local co-trainer always participates in delivering the course alongside the lead ICN trainer to ensure that the course is locally relevant and this is usually a leading nurse from the National Programme.
Entitled “Risk Reduction and Inter-Professional Collaboration for TB Infection Control”, this toolkit comes at a time where increasing numbers of health care workers are falling victim to this preventable and curable disease.
The toolkit came to life as a result of the joint ICN / International Hospital Federation (IHF) / World Medical Association (WMA) / International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) training workshops for health professionals on infection control in South Africa, Brazil and Benin. These workshops are part of the ICN/Lilly MDR-TB Partnership which recognised that there is a lack of suitable materials addressing interprofessional collaboration in TB.
Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers are involved at all levels in the fight against TB. Living in the affected communities they are best placed to:
Additionally, our volunteers provide social care after the first phase of treatment. Activities include:
These activities significantly increase the percentage of people who can be cured of TB.
National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies also communicate with national authorities, policy-makers and the public to ensure that the necessary resources are available to control TB.
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.
The ICN/Lilly Award for Nursing Excellence in TB/MDR-TB is an important aspect of ICN's work in tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), through the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership.
In the belief that mobilising the nursing workforce is critical to the global scale-up of prevention, care and treatment of all forms of tuberculosis, ICN with support from Lilly, is implementing a nurse TB training programme in high-burden countries. This programme has facilitated the training of more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers in TB endemic countries.