Essential Burn Care training for nurses in Bangladesh (August 2015)

August 31, 2015
Richard Bendell


In August our partners in Bangladesh, Acid Survivors Foundation and the National Institute of Burns and Plastic Surgery organised two Essential Burn Care trainings at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. This training was aimed primarily at nurses treating burns at this large and very busy service, which typically has 400-500 inpatients on any given day. This training also acts as an important preliminary training before the delivery of an Advanced Burn Care Nursing training at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in March 2016.



EBC is a one day training programme covering all aspects of burn care in a low resource environment, from prevention through assessment and acute care to rehabilitation. 36 Bangladeshi nurses participated in the training programme which was split over 2 days on the 9th and 10th of August. Feedback on the course was excellent and many staff found the training engaging and inspirational.



Interburns will be sending a team of nurses to DMCH in November to work with local staff and make preparations for the forthcoming ABC Training in March. ABC Nursing is being developed by a diverse international team including nurses from the UK, Nepal, Ghana and Ethiopia, following a consultation workshop to decide the curriculum held in Accra, Ghana in May of this year.



ABC programmes are designed as five day, highly practical trainings with staff working directly with patients on the wards as well as in the classroom.The first ABC Programme in Rehabilitation, aimed at physiotherapists and occupational therapists, was delivered successfully at DMCH in March 2015. Following the nursing training, additional modules will be developed on Acute and Reconstructive Surgery in Burns, Prevention, Critical Care and Nutrition.


Interburns would like to thank our partners at ASF and the National Institute for Burns and Plastic Surgery for delivering this successful training and their role in helping us organise the forthcoming ABC Programme for nurses.