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.
When RESULTS and REF began advocating for tuberculosis (TB) funding in 1997 as a key poverty and health issue, the U.S. was providing less than $1 million in global TB funding. Since then, we've helped members of Congress realize that not only is TB a global epidemic, but the fight against HIV/AIDS will not succeed without an equally aggressive effort against TB. In 2008, the historic Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 was signed into law, authorizing $48 billion over five years for life-saving programs, including $4 billion for TB and a goal of treating 4.5 million people.
To reach this authorized level, Congress must begin to scale up TB funding as envisioned in this historic legislation. RESULTS continues to lead advocacy efforts to urge Congress to increase funding for the Global Fund in our annual appropriations (foreign aid spending) bill.
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.
The Stop TB Partnership is leading the way to a world without tuberculosis (TB), a disease that is curable but still kills three people every minute. Founded in 2001, the Partnership's mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it.
Together our nearly 1000 partners are a collective force that is transforming the fight against TB in more than 100 countries. They include international and technical organizations, government programmes, research and funding agencies, foundations, NGOs, civil society and community groups and the private sector.
We operate through a secretariat hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland and seven working groups whose role is to accelerate progress on access to TB diagnosis and treatment; research and development for new TB diagnostics, drugs and vaccines; and tackling drug resistant- and HIV-associated TB. The secretariat is governed by a coordinating board that sets strategic direction for the global fight against TB.
TB Alert believes in a world without TB. It is possible. TB is curable, and early diagnosis and treatment helps to prevent the spread of TB. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Whilst it is clinically possible to diagnose and treat most forms of the disease effectively, the people most vulnerable to TB – who tend to be the poorest and most marginalised in society – all too frequently fall through the gaps in service provision. As many as 40% of the 8.8 million people who develop the disease each year never reach a qualified doctor – those that do, frequently delay going to a doctor until the illness is advanced and therefore more difficult to treat. Even when people do receive a timely and accurate diagnosis, and are started on medication for TB, too many cease treatment before they have been successfully cured of the disease.
Working within national TB control programmes, TB Alert promotes a collaborative, social model of health to address TB. This model considers the social, cultural and economic factors that make some people more vulnerable to TB; less likely to seek help for possible TB symptoms; and less able to complete treatment successfully if diagnosed with the illness.
In a message released today, 24 March 2009, on the occasion of World TB Day, Dr. Luis Sambo, Regional Director of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa has called for the "rigorous implementation of the STOP TB Strategy, including universal coverage with DOTS (the Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course)" in order to significantly improve case detection and treatment outcomes.
He said that the most important element of DOTS is a regimen consisting of a combination of first-line drugs taken, ideally, under direct observation of a health care worker. The combination is known to be very effective against active drug-susceptible TB as long as patients are compliant and complete the entire six-to-eight month course.
"We must endeavour to put every single patient on quality TB Treatment and strive to minimize patient transfers, defaults and deaths", the Regional Director said.
The mission of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) is to promote health and quality of life by preventing, controlling, and eventually eliminating tuberculosis from the United States, and by collaborating with other countries and international partners in controlling global tuberculosis.
The ICN/Lilly Award for Nursing Excellence in TB/MDR-TB is one aspect of ICN’s work in TB and multi-drug resistant TB as a founding member of the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership. During this partnership, since 2005 more than 30'000 nurses and allied health workers have been trained in TB endemic countries. This annual award supported by Lilly recognizes nursing expertise and aims to motivate nurses working with those affected by TB and MDR-TB in countries included in the TB project. It showcases the contribution made by nurses to TB prevention, care and treatment and offers the recipients an educational grant to continue their professional development along with a specially designed medal. Recipients are selected by their national nurses association for their outstanding achievement in TB prevention, care and treatment.
On 24 March, on the occasion of World TB Day, the International Council of Nurses in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company has given awards to the following fifteen nurses, from eleven countries, who through their dedication, passion and innovative care strategies, are living examples of the World TB Day slogan "On the move against tuberculosis: Transforming the fight towards elimination".