Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop in Dhulikhel, Nepal (March 2014)
In early March Interburns brought together team members from Nepal, UK, Bangladesh and Ghana for a innovative workshop held in Dhulikhel, 1 hour outside Kathmandu. The workshop was focused on training local teams from Bangladesh, Nepal and Ghana in how to use the new monitoring and evaluation tools Interburns has developed to assess and improve burn services. These tools were adapted according to the feedback from our local partners and will be used in 15 hospitals treating burns across Bangladesh and Nepal as well as in a smaller pilot in Ghana.
Quite apart from the various training sessions, the workshop was also a valuable team-building exercise that brought together a diverse range of people including health workers, nurses, doctors, surgeons and non-medical personnel from a number of different regions and countries. This made the workshop highly enjoyable and inspirational, leaving everyone who participated with a strong feeling of being part of a wider international team and family, dedicated to improving the quality of burn care in their countries. The meeting also enabled Interburns to make important revisions and adjustments to the tools based on the recommendations of participants, to ensure they can be as useful as possible in the local context.
The workshop was led by Kamal Phuyal, a participatory monitoring and evaluation specialist from Nepal. Kamal made sure that the workshop was highly interactive with participants having to dance, sing and play a variety of roles in order to help them understand the different perspectives of the people we will be working with – doctors, nurses, burn patients, their families, and policy-makers and politicians. Our work to improve burn care in Asia and Africa is ultimately dependent upon the staff in these countries and the aim of the workshop was to provide these teams with the tools and training they need to improve burn care in their own country.
Our Nepali colleagues came not just from within the Kathmandu valley, but as far away as Nepalgunj in the far west, Janakpur in the south near the Indian border, and Tansen in Palpa district in the western hills. The five team members from Bangladesh represented Acid Survivors Foundation and the National Institute for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, the largest burn unit in Asia. Lastly the team was joined by Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, who brought a fresh perspective and his own singular humour to the meeting. We were also joined on the final day by participants from Burns Violence Survivors Nepal, who participated in the action planning session for Nepal.
Interburns would like to thank all the participants for attending this important workshop and Kamal Phuyal for this role in organising and facilitating the event. We would also like to offer our thanks to the following organisations:
- Nepal Burn Society, our local partners in Nepal, in particular Dr R.P. Chaudhary and Banshi Chaudhary for their help and support.
- Acid Survivors Foundation, our partners from Bangladesh.
- The UK Department for International Development (DFID) for funding this project to improve burn services in Bangladesh and Nepal.
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