The TB/ MDR-TB Project has been building global nursing capacity in the prevention, care and treatment of TB as part of the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership since 2005. The project uses transformational training methodology, designed specifically to encourage practice development. This means that experienced nurses working mainly in the TB and HIV field, are trained to cascade information to nursing colleagues and other health workers with the purpose of making improvements to patient care delivery.
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.
The project is most effective when strong working relationships develop between the National Nurses Associations and the National TB Programme from the earliest stages, when participants and local co-trainers are being selected. A local co-trainer always participates in delivering the course alongside the lead ICN trainer to ensure that the course is locally relevant and this is usually a leading nurse from the National Programme.
The ICN/Lilly Award for Nursing Excellence in TB/MDR-TB is an important aspect of ICN's work in tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), through the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership.
In the belief that mobilising the nursing workforce is critical to the global scale-up of prevention, care and treatment of all forms of tuberculosis, ICN with support from Lilly, is implementing a nurse TB training programme in high-burden countries. This programme has facilitated the training of more than 18,000 nurses and allied health workers in TB endemic countries.