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.
St Patrick’s Hospital, Bizana, South Africa. After attending the TB training last year Mr Mbiko systematically trained all the nurses in his hospital, encouraged them to screen people for TB and ensured that people got registered and started on treatment. “This capacitation saved people’s lives because I went back with knowledge and courage to help these people who were just left to die.”
Xinjiang Chest Hospital, Urumqi, China, has trained more than 1,000 healthcare workers across Xinjiang since she was first trained in 2009. Together with colleagues she developed a handbook on TB that was given to prison medical staff and has written a textbook on TB infection control and nursing care, 2400 copies of which have been sold and 1500 copies distributed free-of-charge.
Tolyatti TB Dispensary, Russia, says that the ICN TB project has changed her professional life. Since she first participated in the Train the Trainer workshops in 2009, she has trained countless nurses and has been instrumental in implementing nurse-led care for patients co-infected with TB and HIV. Treatment outcomes in the unit have significantly improved since this initiative began.
Queen Naulapwa Chisanga is a nurse by profession and has worked as Assistant TB/HIV/AIDS /Leprosy Coordinator at Lusaka District Community Medical Office in Zambia, since 1996. She attended the ICN Training for Transformation in prevention, care and management of TB in 2009 at Fringilla.
Nurse Chisanga has been active in training nurses and community health workers in all aspects of TB care and prevention from contact screening, to infection prevention to adherence counselling. Her services are often required as a consultant to facilitate training in districts outside her own. In the last few years treatment success rates have remained high and mortality rates and delays in diagnosis have been reduced.
Nurse Chisanga believes that without the collective efforts from the key players e.g. Ministry of Health (National TB Programme –NTP), International Council of Nurses, Provincial health office, District Health Office , Health Facilities , Community members ,private Hospitals , ZUNO and stake holders in the fight against TB/HIV /AIDS, the improvements in programme outcomes would not have been achieved.
“May the same spirit of hard working, commitment and support towards the programme be continued. I love my work and enjoy it above all, I feel happy when my TB Patients are cured. Together we can fight TB.”
Guiying Nie is deputy director at the TB Treatment Center of Yunnan CDC in Kunming, China.
She attended the ICN Training for Transformation in prevention, care and management of TB in July 2013 in Chongqing. She aims to help patients to take the whole treatment without interruption through group psychological guidance and support, to choose effective infection control measures and reduce the MDR-TB or XDR-TB cases due to irregular treatment.
“Under the support and help of projects like ICN, CAP - TB and the global fund projects, our care team has gotten rid of the traditional and fixed form of thinking and working, no longer being limited to injection, medicine distribution and health promotion. Our working domains have been stretched; our skills have been expanded; our nursing work has been endowed with new meaning.
“ Nurses can now select and wear correctly masks, collect quality sputum samples to test, select the reasonable and regular treatment, and understand how to analyze and deal with problems. In addition, the trust and the satisfaction between nursing staff and patients have significantly improved, and there is teamwork between families, patients and other groups.
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 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".