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TB ETN Membership Is Global

Just as tuberculosis has no geographical borders, neither does the TB Education and Training Network (TB ETN). In a review of the TB ETN membership, the Membership Development workgroup discovered that its ranks have grown tremendously in the international sector. In the seventh year of the organization, there were 124 international members, of whom 95 were classified as Active Members. Thirty-one international members, or 25%, were registered for the Seventh Annual TB ETN Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, last August. Each of the three workgroups (Membership Development, Cultural Competency, and Conference Planning) has members from several countries.

The 32 countries represented in TB ETN span the globe reaching every continent except Antarctica. Canada, the African countries, and India comprise the largest contingents. While job titles may be different in countries outside the U.S., the job duties remain consistent regardless of the country. Primary responsibilities include training medical, nursing, and outreach staff; developing and designing a curriculum; identifying training needs; preparing educational materials; carrying out community collaboration and education; and supporting and advocating for TB control programs and activities. Louanne Ohlhauser, a nurse consultant in Canada, says, “TB ETN has helped me in my job by keeping me informed of new resources and linking me with experts in TB education.”

What an opportunity for the TB ETN membership to network and collaborate with other TB professionals around the world! Through the workgroups, the annual conference, and e-mail, members can exchange ideas, information, and experiences while building education and training skills. As Eka Kldiashvili, Ph.D., Executive Director, Georgian Telemedicine Union in Eastern Europe says, “Through TB ETN, I always receive updated information, which is very helpful…especially for continuous medical education.”

Franklin Nwaoha in Nigera states, “By hearing the views of others, it has helped sharpen my leadership and ethnical skills.” The TB ETN membership is richer due to having various countries represented and involved in the workgroups and conferences.
If you would like to join TB ETN, please send an e-mail to tbetn@cdc.gov.

—Submitted by Ann Poole, RN, and Sherri Smith
Co-chairs for the TB ETN Membership Development Workgroup

 
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