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

February 20, 2018
Richard Bendell

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 and an occupational therapist from Nepal, India, Ghana, Ethiopia, Switzerland and the UK. The programme was attended by 30 Nepalese nurses from 10 key burn services  across the country, ranging from the main government adult and paediatric burn units in Kathmandu through to a NGO hospital in rural Palpa and district hospitals in Nepalgunj and Janakpur. The Nepali participants were also joined by two Indian nurses from the Interburns Training Centre at Choithram Hospital in Indore, India.

This was the third ABC Nursing programme following the delivery of successful trainings in Dhaka, Bangladesh in March 2016 and Accra, Ghana in March 2017. With each iteration of the training, the core curriculum is revised and the course materials contextualised for the specific country where it will be delivered. The course itself is highly practical and hands-on with a focus on group work, interactive case studies and problem-solving. The combination of local Nepali instructors and international faculty enabled the team to overcome any language barriers that could potentially reduce the effectiveness of the teaching for some participants.

At the same time as the ABC programme, Dr Shobha Chamania (director of the Interburns Training Centre in Indore, India) and Professor Tom Potokar (director of Interburns) met with Dr Shankar Rai (director of Kirtipur Hospital) to discuss Kirtipur’s new status as the second international Interburns Training Centre (ITC). The two ITCs will both offer fellowships in burn care to doctors, nurses, therapists and dieticians with a common learning framework for all fellows. Dr Owen McIntyre, a consultant anaesthetist at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, also visited Kirtipur to review the hospital’s critical care setup. Doctors Rai, Chamania, Potokar and McIntyre also contributed to the course through specific teaching segments.


Interburns would like to thank the entire ABC Nursing faculty

Dominique Potokar, Burn Nurse Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Swansea, Wales, UK

Pratibha Sharma, Nutritionist, Choithram Hospital and Research Centre, Indore, India

Sangita Shrestha, Burn Nurse Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Negat Woldehawariat, Burn Nurse in St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sheila Adoe Addison, Burn Nurse, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana.

Roshan Dangol, Physiotherapist, Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nara Devi Bariya, Retired Sister/Burn Nurse, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Gauri Karki Rana, Burn Nurse Kanti Children Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Diana Mehrez, Burn Nurse Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Swansea, Wales, UK

Poonam Pandey, Physiotherapist, Kanti Children Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Renate Pfann, Occupational therapist, Pediatric Burn University Children Hospital , Zurich, Switzerland

Particular thanks are due to Mr Anil Dhital, who is the local Programme Officer for Nepal Burn Society and Interburns and did a superb job organising all the logistics for the training programme and participants. Interburns is also grateful to Dr Shankar Rai for hosting the training programme at Kirtipur Hospital.