Gini Williams has been running the International Council of Nurses’ TB project since 2008. She is a committed advocate for the recognition and investment in nursing as a means to improve the care delivered to people affected by TB particularly in low and middle income countries. The ICN TB Project is supported by a United Way Worldwide grant made possible by the Lilly Foundation on behalf of the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership.
She has been active in the field of TB since 1993 and worked as a TB Nurse specialist herself in London for five years. In the mid 1990s she went to Tomsk with the British NGO Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin). It was here, while she was working with nurses to strengthen the outpatient service and community support for patients with TB, that she realized the enormous challenges faced by nurses in delivering good quality patient care and that training was only part of the story. On her return to the UK she completed an MSc in Medical Anthropology and after a year in the post of Northeast London TB Network Manager, she joined City University as a Lecturer in TB and Public Health. She first joined the Nurses and Allied Professional Section of the Union in 1994 and was chair from 2001 to 2002. She chaired TB Alert’s Advisory Board from 1999 to 2002 and was a trustee from 2002 until 2006. In 2003 she was seconded to Head the newly formed Nursing Division of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease where she compiled a guide, together with international nursing colleagues, on best practice for the care of people affected by tuberculosis.