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.
says Carrie Tudor, TB Project Director.
"It is estimated that healthcare workers have a two- to three-fold greater risk of developing TB than the general population – even in high-burdened settings.
As World TB Day is later this month, I would like for us all to be reminded of the risk and to do what we can to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our patients through practicing appropriate infection control and advocating for appropriate infection control measures in our workplaces.
Unfortunately stigma remains a big issue with TB and healthcare workers who may develop TB. Many fear coming forward and disclosing their illness because of what their colleagues will say or think, what their patients and others will think. We all play a role in reducing stigma towards patients with TB as well as towards our colleagues who may have TB.
I urge you to watch the two videos (links below) on nurses who have had TB and MDR-TB and what these experiences were like for them :
None of us are immune to TB, but there is a lot we can do to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our patients.
I hope you enjoy these videos and feel free to share them with others."
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.