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TB Notes 3, 1999

Nursing Update


IUATLD | Kazakhstan

IUATLD Section of Nursing and Allied Professionals

The Section of Nursing and Allied Professionals is one of the seven scientific sections of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (IUATLD). It was established in 1994 as part of an effort to extend the membership of the IUATLD to nurses and other allied professionals working in the field of TB and other lung diseases. The active participation and encouragement of the TB nurses from the Netherlands in the European regional meetings was especially influential in the formation of the section.

The objectives of the section are to

  • establish a forum for sharing common issues and expertise within the IUATLD structure,

  • establish an avenue to share protocols and educational materials,

  • provide an opportunity for nurses and allied professionals working in TB or other lung diseases to attend regional and international TB conferences,

  • provide an opportunity for these professionals to participate in operational research and work on country-specific issues,

  • build international cooperation and promote and support TB nurses’ networks within countries, and

  • provide continuing educational opportunities for nurses from industrialized countries as well as from resource-poor countries.

Membership in the section is open to all members in good standing with the IUATLD but specifically encourages participation from nurses and other health allied health professionals involved in the control of TB and other lung diseases. The section is actively recruiting membership from Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

The section actively participates in regional and international TB conferences hosted by the IUATLD. For the past 4 years, the section has put on a postgraduate course for nurses and allied professionals, offered symposia related to case management and training and education, hosted an international exhibition of training and educational materials, and contributed posters for display and formal discussion. The section currently has three active working groups: (1) training and education, (2) international contact tracing, and (3) TB medications. Members are invited to participate in the ongoing work of the working groups.

—Reported by Rose Pray, MS, RN

Division of TB Elimination



IUATLD | Kazakhstan

Tucson TB Nurse Goes to Kazakhstan

In April 1999, two faculty members of the College of Nursing from Almaty, Kazakhstan, spent 2 weeks in Tucson, Arizona, at Pima County Health Department's TB Clinic to observe outpatient treatment methods. They observed the clinic operation and how DOT is carried out both in a clinic and in the field.

In June, Chris Fox, RN, BSN, Manager of the Tucson TB Control Program, was sponsored by the Tucson/Almaty Medical Project (financed by the American International Health Alliance) to go to Almaty and provide training to the faculty of the College of Nursing in the principles of DOT, and how to manage TB care in an outpatient setting. The project necessitated using a translator the entire time (a retired anesthesiologist who translates only for medical people). While there, Chris visited a TB hospital for adults and one for children.

Based on these two visits, she reports that care for TB patients in Kazakhstan is still hospital-based. In addition, surgery is a mainstay of treatment for these patients. The government of Kazakhstan supports the use of directly observed therapy (DOT), but currently is in the early stages of being introduced to the concept. However, the faculty were open to and accepting of new ideas and willing to include information about DOT to nursing students in their curriculum. Chris reports that it was gratifying to be able to share her TB expertise with other health care professionals and considers the Tucson/Almaty Medical Project to have been a positive and beneficial experience.

—Reported by Chris Fox, RN, BSN
Tucson TB Control Program


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