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.

Improving paediatric burn care in Afghanistan (May 2016)

  There are over 500 admissions a year to the burn ward of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (IGICH) in Kabul, the largest paediatric hospital in Afghanistan. More than 70% of burn injuries treated on the burn ward of IGICH are young

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“See Your Hands” – Hand hygiene supports safe surgical care (April 2016)

For 5 May 2016, the annual World Health Organisation (WHO) campaign day, the theme is “See Your Hands – hand hygiene supports safe surgical care – Practice hand hygiene for surgical patients from admission to discharge”. On the campaign web

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New Instructor Training in Bangladesh (April 2016)

Since 2013, Interburns and our partners in Bangladesh, Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), have trained over 400 health care professionals, including doctors, surgeons, nurses, therapists and other staff. ASF recently ran a further instructor training in Dhaka to increase the pool

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WHO Mentoring Programme for Violence and Injury Prevention (April 2016)

MENTOR-VIP is a global injury and violence prevention mentoring programme. It has been developed through the efforts of WHO and a network of global injury prevention experts. Mentoring allows for skills development through exchange of experience between a more skilled

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Burn Training in Tansen in rural Nepal (March 2016)

Our local partners in Nepal, Nepal Burn Society recently completed a further Essential Burn Care training in Tansen, in Palpa district in rural Nepal. NBS now deliver burn training in Nepal completely independently in the local language, enabling them to

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Improving Nursing Care for Burn Patients in Bangladesh: Advanced Burn Care training (March 2016)

Nursing is one of the most crucial aspects of burn care. As in many other areas of health care, nurses are the first point of contact for patients and families and play a crucial role in almost every aspect of

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Raising Awareness of Burns in Guwahati, India (February 2016)

Burns are a significant cause of death and disability in India, particularly in rural communities. Compounding the problem, there is also a very limited awareness among the general public of how common burns are and how they should be treated,

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Partnership with MAP to improve burn care in the West Bank (January 2016)

In January 2016 a small Interburns team visited the West Bank in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for a joint assessment and training programme, in partnership with Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). There is currently only one operational burn unit in

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Four new Interburns films available on Youtube (December 2015)

A number of new educational films from the Interburns Training Centre in Indore, India are now available on our Youtube channel. These include: Interburns fellowship programme: Interburns offers fellowships to burn care professionals from around the world at our training

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Burn Care Foundation organises Awareness and Training Programmes in Assam, India (December 2015)

Burn Care Foundation, a social unit of NEMCARE Hospital in Assam and an Interburns partner in the region, continue to work to educate medical personnel working in peripheral hospitals on basic management of burns in India and increase public awareness

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