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.

Driving Global Burn Care training in Ethiopia, Nepal, Bangladesh and OPT (October 2018)

Over the next few years, Interburns will be delivering a range of burn care training to staff across Ethiopia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malawi, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This training is typically delivered by local health care staff who have received

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Creating an Advanced Surgical Training programme for burn care (May 2018)

In May 2018, an international group of plastic surgeons, general surgeons and paediatric surgeons from all over the world came together to create a new training module for the Interburns Advanced Burn Care programme, focused on training burn surgeons in

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Improving Burn First Aid and Prevention: Basic Burn Care workshop in Addis Ababa (March 2018)

In March 2018, Interburns brought together a diverse international group to develop Basic Burn Care (BBC), a new Interburns training programme aimed at training primary-level health care workers  at health posts, community clinics and primary hospitals. The focus of BBC

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Advanced Nursing training for burns nurses in Nepal (February 2018)

From 5-9th February 2018, a mixed international team delivered the latest version of the Interburns ABC (Advanced Burn Care) Nursing training to 33 nurses at Kirtipur Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. The international faculty for the training included nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians

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Burn Care Foundation runs Training in Numaligarg, India (October 2017)

Burn Care Foundation organised Training on Essential Burn Care Burn Care Foundation, a social unit of NEMCARE Hospital, in association with Interburns, organised a Training programme on Essential Burn Care  at Numaligarh Refinery Township on 7 October 2017. The Essential

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Burn Care in the Palestinian Territories: Supporting Staff in Hebron and Nablus (July 2017)

Dr Sian Falder, Interburns Trustee, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Clinical Lead of Burn Service, Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Service Transformation, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust As part of an ongoing partnership with Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), a team from Interburns

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Kirtipur Hospital, Nepal: My Experience in the burns and plastics unit – Simardeep Singh Sadhra (July 2017)

Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal: My experience in the burns and plastics unit. Simardeep Singh Sadhra, Final year medical student, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. 2017. Located on the fringes of Kathmandu valley, Kirtipur Hospital (an

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Burns Awareness in Agartala, India (July 2017)

On the 12th and 13th of July, the  Burn Care Foundation (a social unit of NEMCARE Hospital), in association with Interburns, organised a training programme on Essential  Burn Care  at Tripura Medical College, Agartala. Agartala is the capital of the

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Surviving Burns – A Perspective from Female Burns Survivors in India (July 2017)

Written by Ms Kanica Dubey, following a meeting of burns survivors at Choithram Hospital and Research Centre (Interburns Training Centre) in Indore, India Recovering from something as physically and emotionally scarring as a severe burn injury is a grueling, and

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Burns Nutrition Fellowships in Indore, India (July 2017)

Interburns has two international training centres based in Indore, India and Kirtipur, Nepal. The Interburns Training Centre in Indore recently hosted its fourth international burns nutrition fellow, Ms. Anuradha Sharma, who completed her one month fellowship from 25th May to

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