Burns Training in Ramallah (December 2016)

December 14, 2016
Richard Bendell


From the 4-9th December Interburns ran a training programme in Ramallah in the West Bank, in partnership with Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). This training followed on from an initial course held in Hebron in January 2016 to staff from the two main burn services in the West Bank, at Rafidia Hospital in Nablus and Alia Hospital in Hebron. Participants in the training included 26 surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists working at the two hospitals as well as a number of instructors on the Primary Trauma Care course in Palestine, who can also teach EBC to staff from other services.


The four days of training began with a standard Essential Burn Care (EBC) course, followed by more detailed practical sessions, case discussions and a mock court case. The team from West Bank were one of the most enthusiastic and engaged groups that Interburns has had the pleasure of training worldwide, and this was reflected in the effectiveness of the programme. All participants completed pre- and post-course evaluations, which showed an average improvement of over 70% in their knowledge of burn care and a 50% increase in their overall confidence in treating burns patients. This provides a solid foundation for further, more advanced training planned and the handover of the Essential Burn Care course to the local team in 2017.

Interburns would like to offer special thanks to Lina Qutob and Mira Almukarker of MAP and Dr Amal Abu Awad, Director General of Education in Health for the Ministry of Health, for all their help in organising the training programme. Thank you to Tom Potokar, RuthAnn Fanstone and Sian Falder for forming the faculty for the programme.