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.

Kanti Children’s Hospital: Burns Training for Nurses and Doctors (September 2016)

In 2012, Interburns sent a team of instructors to train local faculty in Nepal to deliver Essential Burn care training in Nepali throughout the country. With funding from the UK Department for International Development, Nepal Burn Society and Interburns have

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Acute Burn Care Fellowships for Kirtipur Team (September 2016)

A team from Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal visited the Interburns Training Centre at Choithram Hospital and Research Centre in Indore, India to learn different aspects of acute burn care, under the supervision and guidance of Dr Shobha Chamania and her

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Burns Training in Silchar, India (August 2016)

Burns are a major cause of disability and death in South-East Asia in general, but particularly so in India. Many injuries occur in remote rural villages where medical care is limited, with burns disproportionately affecting young women and children. The

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Burn Survivors Meeting in Indore, India (June 2016)

In June, staff at Choithram Hospital and Research Centre in Indore, India, brought together a group of female burn survivors, with the aim of creating a friends club, that can also provide vocational training, camouflage sessions (to disguise scarring from burns)

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‘Helping burns climb up the international agenda’ – Lancet profile of Tom Potokar (June 2016) Vol 387 June 25, 2016 – Written by Tony Kirby Tom Potokar was inspired to be a doctor after watching a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) documentary on Vietnamese boat people in the 1970s. Today, he is a consultant in

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Interburns nurses win Edith Cavell Nursing prize for training in Bangladesh (May 2016)

Interburns team members Dominique Potokar, Sarah Reavenall, and Danni Mehrez, all nurses from the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital, were recently awarded with the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Special Achievement Award in London on 18 May. This

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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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