Professor of nursing, Longtan Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China)
In 2011, Liang Yuexin attended TB/MDR-TB training organized by ICN and the China Nurses Association in Beijing. Following the training, she founded a QQ group (social network group) for ICN training members. This platform helps TB nursing colleagues from all over the country to have more convenient and quick access to relevant information about TB prevention and control, and then promptly apply these TB health measures.
After returning to Longtan Hospital, her place of work, Liang Yuexin trained more than 250 nursing staff on MDR-TB knowledge. Her hospital has many patients co-infected with TB and HIV, which brings a lot of difficulties and confusion to nursing. Therefore, her training also emphasized teaching about TB/HIV co-infection as well as improving the nurses' knowledge of relevant content, how to facilitate nurse-patient communication, to improve clinical nursing work, to improve the patient's medication adherence and the on-time consultation rate.
TB Coordinator, Hlabisa Hospital, UMkhanyakude district (South Africa)
Zamani Dlamini is a professional nurse working at Hlabisa Hospital as a TB/MDR-TB coordinator and also acts as an operational manager for the MDR-TB clinic. Zamani faced a lot of challenges in the TB programme as the rural area where he works covers a large area with a population of more than 250,000 and faces a lack of resources. His district also has a high rate of both TB and HIV.
Zamani Dlamini teaches his patients who are coming to take medications on a daily basis at the MDR-TB clinic about the proper infection control at home, importance of taking medication, common side effects associated with MDR medications and even about stigma associated with TB and HIV&AIDS. This education promotes compliance and reduces the defaulter rate. He also teaches the injection and tracer teams that go out every day about TB/MDR management. He provides guidance and coaching to the enrolled nurses that are working in the TB programme in the 17 fixed local clinics including 4 mobile teams on all aspects of the TB programme including infection control, increasing suspect index, increasing cure rate, decreasing death and defaulter rate, increasing bacteriological coverage, increasing success rate and many more. He also provides training to the hospital management and hospital staff to understand the proper infection control measures that will prevent the spread of TB in the institution and the 21 outlying clinics. Zamani conducts regular in-service training in the wards in order to make staff members understand the importance of screening each and every person who enters the ward or department.
The HIV Nursing Matters journal, a publication of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society is available online.
This issue contains an article written by Carrie Tudor, TB Project Director, entitled “Training for the FIGHT AGAINST TB” on page 10 and 11.
Kedibone Mdolo, Projects Coordinator working at DENOSA (Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa) gave a talk at Vanderbilt University in the United States in March 2015.
She talks about her experience with TB and how HCWs treat each other. She also makes a call for protection of HCWs.
Recording of her talk https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/tb-center/world-tb-day-event-kedibone-mdolo (please click here)
This article was written by Carrie Tudor, TB Project Director, and published in
the “HIV Nursing matters” journal, a publication of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society.
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article written by Jens Erik Gould, please click on the link to read the article on Slate
Director of Nursing Department, Beijing Chest Hospital (China)
Ms. Wang Xiuhua is the nursing director of Beijing Chest Hospital, Capital Medical University. She was trained by participants of the ICN TB Project in 2010. Ms. Wang lobbied the top leaders of the Chinese Tuberculosis Society to organise a TB Nursing Forum as part of the annual Academic Congress of the Chinese Tuberculosis Society. She invited TB nurses from across the country (especially participants of the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project) to attend and submit abstracts. The first TB Nursing Forum was held in in 2013. Prior to this there was no opportunity for nurses working in TB to share their experiences and research with each other. She is also the sponsor of a sub-specialty group of TB nursing under the Chinese Anti-Tuberculosis Association (CAA). To date, 41 nurses from 26 provinces have registered to this group, which was established in July 2014, and they say it has provided a great opportunity to exchange their experiences and lessons of TB nursing care.
As we commemorate World TB Day, the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project would like to highlight our ‘Leading Lights’ initiative, which aims to showcase the work of exceptional nurses trained by the ICN TB/MDR-TB project who have made an outstanding contribution to TB prevention, care and management in their local facility and/or community. I am delighted to announce that we have selected five nurses (two from China, one from South Africa and two from Russia) as Leading Lights for this quarter, namely :
Please click on the link below to find the information about these wonderful nurses and their contribution to the fight against TB.
Head nurse, Shandong Chest Hospital (China)
Li Chunmei has identified many issues to solve during her 26 years working with tuberculosis patients. For example, the protection of medical staff, training of nurses, patient education and management of DOTS treatment after the patients are discharged, etc.. The ICN TFT training programme, not only increased her knowledge and confidence but taught her how to do scientific research on nursing.
Following the ICN TB/MDR-TB Project’s TFT programme, she established a standard management system to enhance the infection prevention and control in her workplace to protect staff. This included separating patients based on their smear status, improving air ventilation, providing surgical masks for patients and N95 respirators for medical staff etc. No nurses or doctors have developed TB since the TB smear-positive ward was set up four years ago. She has trained more than 200 health workers in her hospital and in the Shandong Anti-tuberculosis Association.