Burn Care Training in Nepal (August 2014)

August 18, 2014
Richard Bendell

Interburns works closely with local partners in Asia and Africa, empowering NGOs, hospitals and individual volunteers to improve burn care in their country. Our friends and partners in Nepal are leading the way in taking on the challenge of burns in Nepal, securing funding from the National Health Training Centre of Nepal (NHTC) to run additional training courses in burns to staff working in some of the more remote regions of Nepal.

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Many patients suffer burn injuries in the rural periphery of the country where geographic and economic challenges make it difficult or impossible for them to travel to the main government health facilities in Kathmandu and other major cities. It is therefore vitally important that staff working in these regions are trained to give safe, effective care to patients with burns. Unfortunately in Nepal, as in many other Low and Middle Income Countries in Asia and Africa with a high incidence of burn injuries, many health care staff have little or no training in burn care. Improper treatment often leads to a huge burden of preventable complications and suffering for patients, including long-term disability and deformity.

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In June and July 2014, Nepal Burn Society ran three Essential Burn Care trainings in Dhangadhi, Biratnagar and Birgunj to 88 health care professionals including surgeons, doctors, nurses, therapists and health care assistants. This brings the total number of health care professionals trained directly by Nepal Burn Society since last July 2013 to 173, a fantastic achievement. Essential Burn Care is a multidisciplinary one-day training course developed by the Interburns team and has been designed specifically for staff working in Low and Middle Income Countries.

Dhangadhi

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On the 14th of June, NBS ran the first EBC training sponsored by NHTC at Seti Zonal Hospital in Dhangadhi, a city in the remote far western region of Nepal (close to the border with India). A total of 26 staff received training including 6 doctors, 12 nurses and 10 health care assistants. Staff attended from five hospitals: Seti Zonal Hospital; Mahakali Zonal Hospital, Mahendranagar; Tikapur Hospital, Kailali; sub-regional hospital, Dadeldhura; Jajarkot Hospital.

Birgunj

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On the 28th of June, NBS held the next training at National Medical College in Birgunj, Parsa District in southern Nepal. 11 doctors, 12 nurses, 2 therapists and 4 health care assistants received training. These 29 staff were from five hospitals in the area: Narayani Regional Hospital, Birgunj; Kalaiya Hospital, Bara; Hetauda Hospital, Makawanpur; Bageshowri PHC, Parsa; National Medical College, Birgunj.

Biratnagar

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The final EBC training sponsored by NHTC was held in Biratnagar in southeastern Nepal. 33 staff attended the training including 5 doctors, 8 nurses, 1 therapist and 19 health care workers, mainly from sub-health posts in the area.

Staff were from five hospitals in the region and 10 smaller facilities: Dhankuta District Hospital; Koshi Zonal Hospital, Biratnagar; AMDA Hospital, Jhapa; Nepal ER Police Hospital, Sunsari; Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital, Rajbiraj; and a number of sub-health posts (Maharanihoda, Kohabara, Shantinagar, Lakhanpur, Bhogateni, Arjundhara, Madhumalla, Yangshila, Letang, Mangabari).

These trainings were only made possible by the hard and dedication of a large number of people. Interburns would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to these team members and colleagues:

  • Dr. RP Chaudhary, Consultant Pediatric Surgeon , Kanti Children’s Hospital, Kathmandu
  • Dr. KN Joshi, Former Medical Superintendent of Bheri Zonal Hospital, Nepalgunj
  • Dr. Sandesh Prakash Maskey, Plastic Surgeon, Kathmandu Medical College, Kathmandu
  • Dr. Peeyush Dahal, Surgeon, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu
  • Dr. Rojina Shilpakar, General Surgeon, Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital, Shankhu
  • Ms. Poonam Pandey, Physiotherapist, Kanti Children’s Hospital , Kathmandu
  • Ms. Gauri Karki, In-Charge of Burn Ward, Kanti Children’s Hospital, Kathmandu

Special thanks are due to Dr Chaudhary for leading the training and to Mr Banshi Chaudhary, Programme Manager for Nepal Burn Society for the application to NHTC for funding and organisation of the training programmes.

Interburns would also like to thank the National Health Training Center of Nepal (NHTC) for funding these trainings. More information about the NHTC is available at their website: www.nhtc.gov.np