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When the media reports on the fight against tuberculosis, it’s usually the scientific innovations that get coverage — the hunt for more effective vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tools.  
 
But an issue that deserves attention is the creative approaches to TB care adopted by those shouldering most of the burden: nurses. In countries where health systems are poorly funded and understaffed — 95 per cent of TB deaths are in low- and middle-income countries — nurses play a vital role, often acting as the primary care givers for patients who might rarely, if ever, see a doctor.
 
In this interview for World TB Day, we speak to Gini Williams, a TB nurse consultant and pioneer of nurse training programmes. “It’s no good having new diagnostics and treatments if you don’t have access to them and [don’t] have people who know how to use them,” Williams says. ”Services and systems around supporting patients are very important.”   - See more and listen tothe interview here: http://www.scidev.net/global/tb/multimedia/innovative-training-nurses-tb-care.html#sthash.8SWr8VJp.dpuf
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webmaster@icn.ch () Project News Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:35:14 +0000
'Leading Lights' : Selection for March 2016 http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/leading-lights-selection-for-march-2016.html http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/leading-lights-selection-for-march-2016.html

As we celebrate 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. We are delighted to announce that we have selected five nurses as Leading Lights for this quarter, namely :

  • Elena Tarasova  (from Russia)
  • Svetlana Tcybulina  (from Russia)
  • Zhao Jun  (from China)
  • Nie Feifei  (from China)
  • Yodit Solomon  (from Ethiopia)

Please click here to find the information about these wonderful nurses and their contribution to the fight against TB.

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webmaster@icn.ch () Project News Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:01:08 +0000
Partners in Development Award http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/partners-in-development-award.html http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/partners-in-development-award.html

We are pleased to inform you that our sponsor, Eli Lilly and Company, is the recipient of the 2015 ICN Partners in Development Award.

Eli Lilly and Company, a leading innovation-driven pharmaceutical corporation, has worked with ICN since 2003 to strengthen the global nursing capacity in the prevention, detection, care and treatment of TB and M/XDR-TB in countries with high burdens.

The ICN-Lilly TB/MDR-TB project 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. In the most recent phase, activity has focused on four core countries – China, India, Russia and South Africa.

to learn more click here 

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webmaster@icn.ch () Project News Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:55:58 +0000
Training for the Fight Against TB http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/training-for-the-fight-against-tb.html http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/training-for-the-fight-against-tb.html

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.

Please click here to read the article

 

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webmaster@icn.ch () Project News Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:49:48 +0000
'Leading Lights' : Selection for March 2015 http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/leading-lights-selection-for-march-2015.html http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/leading-lights-selection-for-march-2015.html

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 :

  • Wang Xiuhua  (from China)
  • Li Chunmei  (from China)
  • Ntombasekhaya Mlandu  (from South Africa)
  • Nadezhda Baycharova  (from Russia)
  • Ekaterina Ryabova   (from Russia)

Please click on the link below to find the information about these wonderful nurses and their contribution to the fight against TB.

Newsletter on March 2015 Leading Lights

 

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webmaster@icn.ch (Oscar Ferreira) Project News Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:21:29 +0000
Healthcare workers are at an increased risk of TB in the workplace! http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/healthcare-workers-are-at-an-increased-risk-of-tb-in-the-workplace.html http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/healthcare-workers-are-at-an-increased-risk-of-tb-in-the-workplace.html

says Carrie Tudor, TB Project Director.

"It is estimated that healthcare workers have a two- to three-fold greater risk of developing TB than the general population – even in high-burdened settings.

As World TB Day is later this month, I would like for us all to be reminded of the risk and to do what we can to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our patients through practicing appropriate infection control and advocating for appropriate infection control measures in our workplaces.

Unfortunately stigma remains a big issue with TB and healthcare workers who may develop TB. Many fear coming forward and disclosing their illness because of what their colleagues will say or think, what their patients and others will think. We all play a role in reducing stigma towards patients with TB as well as towards our colleagues who may have TB.  

I urge you to watch the two videos (links below) on nurses who have had TB and MDR-TB and what these experiences were like for them :

  • Kedibone Mdolo, TB Project Lead, DENOSA, South Africa -
    https://vimeo.com/105939069
    Many of you may know Kedibone from DENOSA in South Africa. Before joining DENOSA Kedibone was diagnosed with TB while working as a nurse in a mobile clinic and she shares her story here.
  • Pat Bond from South Africa - https://vimeo.com/85048574
    Pat Bond is another nurse from South Africa and she was diagnosed with MDR-TB while working in a private dialysis clinic where the presumed risk of TB was very low. As a result of drug side effects she has had significant permanent hearing loss and had to have a lobectomy.

None of us are immune to TB, but there is a lot we can do to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our patients.

I hope you enjoy these videos and feel free to share them with others."

 

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webmaster@icn.ch (Oscar Ferreira) Project News Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:43:08 +0000
Update about the ICN TB Project http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/update-about-the-icn-tb-project.html http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/update-about-the-icn-tb-project.html

October 2014 News

 

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webmaster@icn.ch (Oscar Ferreira) Project News Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:03:26 +0000
Launch of the Leading Lights initiative http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/launch-of-the-leading-lights-initiative.html http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/launch-of-the-leading-lights-initiative.html

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.

Press release :
Leading Lights
: International Council of Nurses showcases exceptional work of TB nurses around the world

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webmaster@icn.ch (Oscar Ferreira) Project News Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:50:28 +0000
ICN recognizes Malawian Nurse, Ms Mary Kaponya http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/icn-recognizes-malawian-nurse-ms-mary-kaponya.html http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/icn-recognizes-malawian-nurse-ms-mary-kaponya.html

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.

Hiwa in his speech said though Malawi has been experiencing some challenges in TB control and prevention, the country has made tremendous strides such as beating the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended success treatment rate, provision of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to TB patients who are HIV positive, reduced proportion of TB/HIV co-infected people and TB mortality rate is currently at 7 percent.

"The proportion of TB patients successfully cured at the time they finish treatment has for the past 5 years been above the WHO recommended 85 percent, HIV positive TB patients who are started on ART has increased from 54 percent in 2010 to 81 percent in 2012, the proportion of TB/HIV co-infected people has decreased from 77 percent in 2000 to 60 percent in 2013, the proportion of TB patients that unfortunately die while on treatment has remained low at 7 percent in the past two years," said Hiwa.

Hiwa said government in its quest to contribute in ensuring that 3 million people who currently do not access TB diagnosis and treatment, Malawi will target 6000 people who are classified as the poorest and most vulnerable in the community with health services.

"The ministry working closely with its partners has 35 GeneXpert machines throughout the country to ensure TB diagnosis tests within 2 hours... the ministry is also in the process of decentralizing TB management so that TB diagnostic and treatment services are provided closer to the patient's homes... in the area of multidrug resistant TB (MDRTB), I would like to report that the prevalence of MDR-TB remains at less than 1 percent among all the patients presenting for the first time with an episode of smear positive TB, and less than 5 percent among those patients treated for TB for the second time," said Hiwa.

Dr Eugene Nyarko, WHO representative who attended the commemoration commended Malawi for making great strides in the fight against TB which he said implied that Malawi would meet the 2015 targets established within the Millennium Development Goals framework.

"These achievements are commendable and we congratulate the Government of Malawi for that. As partners, we remain optimistic that these achievements can be improved upon," said Nyarko who suggested five priority areas of reaching the missed cases, addressing MDR-TB as a public health crisis, accelerating the response to TB/HIV, increase financing to close resource gaps and ensuring rapid uptake of innovations.

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webmaster@icn.ch (Oscar Ferreira) Project News Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:38:11 +0000
Videomessage from Valentina Sarkisova (Russia) http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/videomessage-from-valentina-sarkisova-russia.html http://www.icn.ch/tb-mdr-tb-project/news/project-news/videomessage-from-valentina-sarkisova-russia.html  ]]> webmaster@icn.ch (Lorenzo Chiriatti) Project News Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:00:00 +0000