Essential Burn Care Training and Partnership in Ghana (November 2015)

November 30, 2015
Richard Bendell


When the Interburns nursing team visited Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in November, they were joined by team members from Glasgow to jointly deliver Essential Burn Care training in collaboration with staff from Korle-Bu to health care staff from across Ghana. The teams met in Accra prior to the programme to review the revised version of the course and plan the training. Essential Burn Care is a one -day multidisciplinary course designed specifically for doctors, surgeons, nurses, therapists and other staff working in burns care in low resource environments in Africa and Asia. The course is built around a core of interactive sessions including practical skill stations, small group discussions and demonstration scenarios, to actively engage staff in learning an coming up with practical solutions to the challenges they face in their hospitals on a daily basis.


The training was delivered on the 6th of November after the signing of an official Memorandum of Understanding between Interburns and Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, so that Korle-Bu can take forward EBC training across Ghana moving forward, delivering training at a fraction of the cost of a visiting international team. Mrs Dominique Navet, a burns nurse from the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in the UK who is leading the development of the Advanced Burn Care nursing module, handed over the complete course to Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, Director of the National Reconstructive Plastic surgery and Burns unit at Korle-Bu on the 5th of November. This marked the 2 year anniversary of the first collabroation between Interburns and Korle-Bu in November 2013.



Faculty for the EBC training included:

  • Mr Opoku Ware Ampomah, Burn and Plastic surgeon, and Director Korle Bu Hospital Accra Ghana
  • Mr Stuart Watson, Burn and Plastic surgeon, Canniesburn, Glasgow Scotland
  • Mr Tony Laing, Burn and Plastic surgeon, Korle Bu Hospital Accra Ghana
  • Mrs Dominique Navet, Critical Care Burns Nurse, Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery
  • Ms Lucy Watson, Medical Student, Aberdeen University
  • Mrs Doris Adjei Ntekor, Nurse, Korle Bu Hospital, Accra Ghana
  • Mrs Deborah Dowuona, Nurse, Korle Bu Hospital, Accra Ghana
  • Mrs Sheila Adoe Addison, Nurse, Korle Bu Hospital, Accra Ghana
  • Mrs Negat Woldehawariat, Nurse, St Paul’s Hospital, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Dr Anyigba Plastic surgeon, Korle Bu Hospital, Accra Ghana
  • Dr Davies, Resident, Korle Bu Hospital, Accra Ghana
  • Dr Ankrah, Korle Bu Hospital, Accra Ghana



Interburns and Korle-Bu will continue their partnership to improve the national standard of burn care and prevention throughout 2016, with support from Wales for Africa for the assessment of regional burn services in the north of Ghana, a community survey on burns in rural regions, and further EBC training to staff from remote services. A number of senior and experienced nurses will take part as faculty in the forthcoming Advanced Burn Care Nursing training in Bangladesh in March 2016, with the aim of delivering this in Ghana in 2017; this course will also form a core component of a post-graduate diploma in burns and plastic surgery.

Interburns would like to thank everyone from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Ethiopia, Glasgow and Wales for all their work in supporting and delivering the training.