Advanced Burn Care Rehabilitation training in Dhaka, Bangladesh (March 2015)

March 30, 2015
Richard Bendell

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From the 15th – 19th March 2015, Interburns ran a 5 day intensive training programme in Physical Rehabilitation for Burns. This was a joint programme developed collaboratively delivered by Interburns and the Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation (Taiwan), hosted and delivered in Bangladesh in partnership with Acid Survivors Foundation and the National Institute of Burns and Plastic Surgery, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh.

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ABC Rehabilitation is a five day programme designed for physiotherapists and occupational therapists treating burns in low resource environments. It has been designed ‘from the ground up’ specifically for Low and Middle Income Countries, as a highly practical and hands-on course. The training was delivered at the National Institute for Burns and Plastic Surgery, at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh. This unique service is one of the largest units in the world with typically 400-500 inpatients on any given day and a busy outpatient service. NIBPS provided a unique training environment where participants were able to interact with a large number of patients with a wide range of burn injuries, in a busy operational burn service.

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This initial training included 26 participants from government and NGO hospitals in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Priority was given to therapists from selected government services in Bangladesh and Nepal, who are participating in the ongoing Interburns quality improvement project funded by the UK Department for International Development. The impact of the training was assessed through pre- and post-course evaluations, which demonstrated an overall increase of 57% in participant’s scores.

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Interburns would like to thank everyone involved in the training for all their hard work in making this pilot programme a great success, with many key people working closely together over six months to bring the course to fruition and deliver it effectively in March.

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Particular thanks are due to Professor Abul Kalam and Dr Mohammad Rabiul Karim Khan (Papon) at the National Institute and Dr Mohib Ullah Khondoker and Dr Saidur Rahman from Acid Survivors Foundation. We would also like to thank Marie-Claude Pelchat, Shih-Yuan Hung and Feng-Yi Hsiao from Sunshine Foundation for their contributions to the course. From the Interburns side, particular thanks are due to RuthAnn Fanstone, the course director, who was responsible for the overall course and the majority of the training material. We would also like to thank UK volunteers Nick May and David Acton for their help in delivering the training.