The Global Situation

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Burns are a massive global problem that affect over 11 million people each year – the equivalent of 30,000 people burned every day. 95% of burn injuries occur in poor countries and over 70% affect children, causing enormous suffering, death and lifelong disability.

 

Tragically, a huge number of burn injuries lead to death and disability from infection, burn contractures and other complications that can be avoided through safe, cheap and effective treatments such as early skin grafting. In thousands of health facilities across the world, burn patients endure extreme suffering and distress. The long-term consequences of inadequate or inappropriate treatment are disastrous, leading to a lifetime of disability, disfigurement and exclusion.

Burns affect the poorest and most vulnerable members of society in low income countries. The high cost of treating burn injuries and the lifelong disability and disfigurement that often result from a burn can force a patient and their family deeper into poverty. The majority of burns occur in isolated and rural areas, where patients are often treated by staff that lack any training in burn care. This treatment is frequently delayed, inappropriate and inadequate. Patient follow up is problematic and rehabilitation services are often negligible or non-existent.

Despite these challenges, much of the suffering, death and disability that burn injuries cause can be prevented. Interburns works with local partners in Asia and Africa to achieve long-term and sustainable improvements in the standard of burn care and prevention.

Wales for Africa fund burns nursing training in Malawi (July 2019)

Since its inception in 2006, Interburns has proudly been an international development organisation based in Wales. Over the last 6 years, the Welsh government’s Wales for Africa programme has supported several Interburns projects in West and East Africa. These include:

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Improving Burn Care in Bangladesh and Nepal since 2013 in partnership with DFID (June 2019)

  6 years ago in 2013, Interburns began its first large international project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), supporting 14 hospitals in Bangladesh and Nepal. South Asia is one of the regions of the world with

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Supporting Burns Nurses in Malawi and Ethiopia (May 2019)

In May 2019, a small team from the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research at Swansea University and Interburns led a workshop on implementation science and quality improvement for nurses working in burns. A total of 8 nurses

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New DFID Grant to Improve Burn Care in Ethiopia (May 2019)

Interburns has been working in Ethiopia since early 2015, when we were invited to Addis Ababa by the Federal Ministry of Health to review their national strategy for burn care and prevention. At the time, Ethiopia had just 2 burn

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Burn Care Day in Guwahati, Assam (February 2019)

On the 19th and 20th February 2019, the Burn Care Foundation held its 5th Burn Care Day, an annual event to raise awareness of burn injuries in Assam. This was hosted at the District Library Auditorium and at Nemcare hospital.

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Advanced Nursing training for nurses in Ethiopia and Malawi (February 2019)

Nursing is an absolutely crucial aspect of burn care. Burns is also often regarded as one of the most challenging specialties in nursing. Unfortunately, in many resource-poor countries globally, the training opportunities for nurses to learn specific burns treatments and the

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Interburns Newsletter: Winter 2019

Please see the link below for the latest Interburns newsletter: Interburns Newsletter Winter 2019    

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Nurses, Surgeons and Therapists from across Kathmandu take part in EBC training (January 2019)

Essential Burn Care is a training course developed by Interburns specifically for health care staff working in low and middle income countries. Since 2013, EBC has been delivered independently in Nepal by local faculty through our local partner, Nepal Burn

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Essential Burn Care training in Nepalgunj, Nepal (December 2018)

Essential Burn Care is a training course developed by Interburns specifically for health care staff working in low and middle income countries. Since 2013, EBC has been delivered independently in Nepal by local faculty through our local partner, Nepal Burn

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First ever ABC Surgery programme trains 35 surgeons in Kirtipur, Nepal (November 2018)

Burn surgery is a critical aspect of effective burn care and in many countries globally, patients with burn injuries are operated on by surgeons with little or no specific training in burns surgery. To address this area of need, Interburns

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