The course runs over 4 days and covers the clinical aspects of disease (TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB); disease management strategies (international and national policy) including infection control; patient care (in depth); and teaching methods. Participants commit themselves to training a further 10 nurses and 10 allied health workers and to target their training in order to address their most pressing challenges to improve the service offered to patients.
The course is designed to be participatory, encouraging discussion and problem-solving approaches. It is constantly being updated but the plan is to make it available as a training package by the middle of 2011. An interactive e-learning course on the care, prevention and management of tuberculosis and drug-resistant TB was launched in November 2010, which provides practical on-line tools to nurses and those involved in caring for patients, families and communities affected by 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.
It is very different from other courses in that it is designed for nurses by nurses taking into account the realities of their daily work. It is delivered by experienced nurses who are also skilled trainers.
Since 2003, Lilly has worked hand in hand with its partners to prevent multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) from gaining ground and taking more lives. Now funded by the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership brings together government leaders, global health organizations, country-level healthcare providers, community and advocacy organizations and other stakeholders to increase the availability of quality-assured medicine used to treat MDR-TB, enhance education for healthcare professionals where the need is greatest, and raise awareness of the disease amongst communities most at risk.
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.
The TB Guidelines is available in the six following languages :
TB GUIDELINES for Nurses in the Care and Control of Tuberculosis and Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis, 2nd Edition
DIRECTIVES RELATIVES À LA TUBERCULOSE à l’intention des infirmières chargées du traitement et du contrôle de la tuberculose et de la tuberculose multirésistante, seconde édition
DIRECTRICES SOBRE LA TUBERCULOSIS para las enfermeras de cuidadosy lucha contra la tuberculosisy la tuberculosis multirresistente, 2ª Edición
LINHAS DE ORIENTAÇÃO para enfermeiros no cuidado e controlo da tuberculose e da tuberculose multirresistente, 2ª Edição
Руководящие принципы TБ контроля Для медсестер в системе противотуберкулезного контроля и ухода за больными туберкулезом и туберкулезом с множественной лекарственной устойчивостью, второе издание
The ICN TB/MDR-TB Project has been part of the Eli Lilly MDR-TB Partnership since 2005. The project aims to build global nursing capacity in the prevention, care and treatment of TB. This is achieved by training experienced nurses to cascade information to nursing colleagues and other health workers with the purpose of making improvements to patient care delivery. From 2005 to 2008, in Phases 1 and 2 a transformational training methodology was developed along with regularly updated training materials including an e-learning tool. The practice-oriented nature of our training programme enables nurses to improve the implementation of policies and guidelines relating to TB and MDR-TB using a patient-centred approach.