By Elizabeth Moore — News & Updates
A current TB-HIV Infection Prevention & Control Nurse for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ms. Virginia Lipke has been a driving force within healthcare for over 23 years. The American Health Council is proud to showcase and highlight Ms. Lipke’s extensive body of work concerning Infectious Diseases and Disease Control in various sub-Saharan nations.
As seen on ResearchGate, Lipke’s multitude of articles expand on research efforts concerning the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (specifically AIDS, MRSA and Tuberculosis) within sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Lipke has co-authored several abstracts, including Evaluation of a TB infection control implementation initiative in out-patient HIV clinics in Zambia and Botswana, which underlines “the scale-up and sustainability of TB IC programs in facilities in low-resource countries” (Botswana and Zambia), containing a visual representation of clinics to specified ratios of patients and monitored activity, such as TB IC training and natural/mechanical airflow.
Lipke’s Building and Strengthening Infection Control Strategies to Prevent Tuberculosis – Nigeria, 2015, elaborates on Nosocomial infections, which are illnesses that develop because of a hospital stay, also acquired by microorganisms and infectious agents, both internal and external. Ms. Lipke details on a March 2015 collaboration between the CDC and the Nigeria Ministry of Health (MoH), aimed at spreading and solidifying knowledge among healthcare workers concerning TB infection control, “assessing infection control measures in health facilities, and developing plans to address identified gaps. The approach resulted in substantial improvements in TB infection control practices at seven selected facilities, and scale-up of these measures across other facilities might lead to a reduction in TB transmission in Nigeria and globally”.
These selected pieces of research are just samples of Ms. Lipke’s plethora of accomplishments within the fields of Disease Control and Infectious Diseases. We at the American Health Council anticipate more of what’s to come from Ms. Lipke’s extensive endeavors in worldwide health management.
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Additionally, the American Health Council strives to provide recognition and support for those individuals and institutions making the difference in patients’ lives day in and day out. Throughout 2017, the AHC is honoring “America’s Best Doctors and Nurses,” as well as the nation’s best medical universities and hospitals. The American Health Council’s “Best in Medicine” and “Best in Nursing” awards programs honor the individuals and institutions that have contributed significantly to medicine and nursing, as well as the training and education of physicians and nurses. The most current selections for these honors may be viewed here: http://bestinmedicine.org and http://bestinnursing.org.
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