Improving Burn First Aid and Prevention: Basic Burn Care workshop in Addis Ababa (March 2018)

March 25, 2018
Richard Bendell

In March 2018, Interburns brought together a diverse international group to develop Basic Burn Care (BBC), a new Interburns training programme aimed at training primary-level health care workers  at health posts, community clinics and primary hospitals. The focus of BBC is to ensure these centres, which are often the first port of call for people with a burn or other injury, are able to effective first aid and initial care, advise on burn prevention, and refer patients with more severe injuries to appropriate hospital services.

In order to ensure BBC can be relevant and appropriate across a wide range of resource-poor settings globally, the workshop included a range of health care professionals, public health specialists, representatives from Ministries of Health, programme managers and researchers with relevant expertise. Participants came from Nigeria, Malawi, Ethiopia, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Bangladesh, Nepal, Canada and the UK. While a number of people have been involved in developing other Interburns programmes and were included to ensure continuity and on the basis of their wealth of individual experience, the majority of participants were relative newcomers who were invited on the basis of their experience in developing, delivering and evaluating programmes at the primary health care and community levels.

This workshop built on the foundation of a previous workshop held in Swansea, UK in November 2016 to develop basic-level training and an integrated approach to prevention. Like that workshop, it was organised in collaboration with our academic partner, the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research (CGBIPR) at Swansea University.

The workshop was funded through support from Hub Cymru Africa with additional funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Interburns would like to thank Hub Cymru Africa for its continued support, with the latest grant for this new programme in Ethiopia following several years of funding for programmes in Ghana.