Nurses, Surgeons and Therapists from across Kathmandu take part in EBC training (January 2019)

January 24, 2019
Richard Bendell

Essential Burn Care is a training course developed by Interburns specifically for health care staff working in low and middle income countries. Since 2013, EBC has been delivered independently in Nepal by local faculty through our local partner, Nepal Burn Society, with a total of 790 staff trained in hospitals across Nepal. This training is delivered in the local language, enabling us to train staff in remote rural districts at a fraction of the cost of sending an international team.

NBS completed a further training in Ishan Children’s Hospital on 19th January 2019, for staff from services treating burn injuries across Kathmandu. Hospitals represented include the main national government burn services for Nepal for adult and paediatric patients and a range of other government, NGO and private services. Staff were from the National Trauma Centre at Bir Hospital, Kirtipur Hospital, Kanti Children’s Hospital, Patan Hospital, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH),┬áKathmandu Medical College, Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital, and several others.

A total of 35 staff participated in this interactive training: 17 surgeons and doctors, 12 nurses, 5 physiotherapists and a hospital manager. Many of the individual clinicians were new staff at their respective burn units who have not received previous burn care training.

Interburns would like to thank Nepal Burn Society and all members of the faculty for running the EBC training. We would also like to thank the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for its support for our overall programme in Nepal, which DFID has funded since 2013 through two consecutive 3 year projects.

Interburns is currently developing a digital version of Essential Burn Care as an online training module, which will be accessible to participants from across the world.