The World Medical Association (WMA) is an international organization representing physicians. It was founded on 17 September 1947, when physicians from 27 different countries met at the First General Assembly of the WMA in Paris. The organization was created to ensure the independence of physicians, and to work for the highest possible standards of ethical behaviour and care by physicians, at all times. This was particularly important to physicians after the Second World War, and therefore the WMA has always been an independent confederation of free professional associations. Funding has been by the annual contributions of its members, which has now grown to 100 National Medical Associations.
The WMA provides a forum for its member associations to communicate freely, to co-operate actively, to achieve consensus on high standards of medical ethics and professional competence, and to promote the professional freedom of physicians worldwide.
This unique partnership facilitates high-calibre, humane care to patients in a healthy environment, enhancing the quality of life for all people in the world.
ICN has developed an exciting new on-line course on the Care, prevention and management of tuberculosis (TB) which provides practical tools to nurses and those working with patients, families and communities affected by TB, including drug-resistant TB. The course is widely applicable for all settings, while also dealing with the challenges of providing care when resources are scarce and the workload is high.
The course is broken down into a series of standards each addressing an important part of the patient's journey from before diagnosis to the end treatment. Each standard considers the resources, professional practice and knowledge required to meet the standard as well as how to measure progress. In addition to gaining practical knowledge through a variety of interactive exercises, there are opportunities to reflect on your own services and plan improvements.
Standard statement:The patient produces good quality sputum specimens, delivers them to the appropriate place at the appropriate time and returns for the results.