Essential Burn Care training in Accra, Ghana (November 2013)

December 05, 2013
Richard Bendell

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In early November 2013, Interburns held an Essential Burn Care (EBC) training programme in Accra, Ghana, in partnership with Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital,  the Ghanaian Burn Association, and the Pan African Burn Society (PABS). This training was run as part of the international conference of PABS from the 4-6th November 2013. Through this course, we trained 78 participants from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Niger, Kenya, Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire in the key aspects of burn care, including surgeons, nurses, therapists and other specialists. This training was the first step in our partnership with Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to improve burn care in Ghana over the next 2 years.

Interburns would like to thank Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah and his colleagues at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Pan African Burn Society for organising the training and for all the volunteer members of the training faculty who gave freely of their time to carry out the training programme.

A number of the training faculty are pictured below (from left to right): Opoku Ware Ampomah, Richard Nnabuko, Redouane Bouali, Richard Bendell, Tom Potokar, Stuart Watson, and Amr Moghazy. Dr Michael Peck was also a key member of faculty for the EBC training and the latest version of EBC was finalised by Dr Sian Falder.

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Korle-Bu is the only tertiary level hospital in the southern part of Ghana and the plastic and burn unit is a national centre of excellence that trains future plastic surgeons for Ghana and the West African Sub-Region. The unit has a 69 bed capacity and in addition to treating burn patients from across Ghana, receives patients from other countries in the region including Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Togo. Korle-Bu has an established reputation as a national training hub for Ghana and a regional centre for West Africa.

Interburns is working in partnership with Korle-Bu to develop the Burn Centre into an international training centre offering surgical fellowships to burn professionals from across Africa, based on the successful model of the Interburns Training Centre (ITC) run by Dr Shobha Chamania in Indore, India. Korle-Bu will also be the lead local partner for further Essential Burn Care training in Ghana and West Africa.

This training was only made possible by the generous support of a number of UK grant-makers:

– Sidney E. Franklin Trust
– Evan Cornish Foundation (ECF)
– Souter Charitable Trust
– Gibbs Charitable Trust