TB and HIV/AIDS (coming soon)
The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership was created in 2003 to combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The International Hospital Federation has been a member of the project since 2004.
The IHF bilateral partnership was created in 2004 upon recognition of the need, firstly, to address TB management/treatment from the perspective of the hospital/healthcare setting.
Secondly, and even more importantly, upon acknowledgment that 'ignorance' and exclusion of IHF membership group, may have led and can lead to adoption and implementation of contra-productive decisions and actions in the fight against MDR-TB.
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.
Despite recent progress, tuberculosis (TB) remains an important global public health problem. One-third of the world's population is currently infected with the tubercle bacillus that causes TB; and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 9.4 million new cases and 1.7 million deaths from TB in 2009.
Although TB is curable, inadequate TB control is one of the factors that has led to an increase in multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a particularly dangerous form of the disease, which is potentially incurable in many settings. MDR-TB is defined as disease caused by TB bacilli resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampicin, the two most powerful anti-TB drugs. Rates of MDR-TB are high in some countries and, coupled with the devastating effects of TB/HIV co-infection, threaten to undermine TB control efforts worldwide.
The Union has been a leader in tuberculosis prevention, control and treatment since it was founded in 1920 as the International Union Against Tuberculosis. It is mostly widely known for the research that led to the directly observed treatment, short course (DOTS) strategy, endorsed by the WHO and used to treat more than 37 million TB patients around the world.
The “Leading Lights” award recognises outstanding contribution to the care of people affected by TB.
Eligibility: the nominee must be nurse or health care worker who
Who can nominate someone as a ‘Leading Light’?