Supporting Burns Nurses in Malawi and Ethiopia (May 2019)

June 28, 2019
Richard Bendell

In May 2019, a small team from the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research at Swansea University and Interburns led a workshop on implementation science and quality improvement for nurses working in burns. A total of 8 nurses took part in the training programme, 6 from the 3 main government hospitals in Malawi and 2 from key hospitals in Ethiopia.

The workshop had a number of learning outcomes, to help the local nursing teams understand the importance of implementation science in aiding the development of quality burns services, how evidence from research can be translated into real changes in practice in a low resource environment, and provide them with a suite of analytic tools to help identify, analyse and address problems. Many of the nurses who participated in the programme have previously received Essential Burn Care training from Interburns, attended the Advanced Burn Care Nursing programme in Ethiopia in February 2019, or even been faculty on these courses.

Subjects included the role of the nurse in quality improvement, evidence-based practice, patient safety, research methods and many other topics that were brought to life through practicals and case studies drawing on the experiences of participants. The workshop also built on practical sessions from the ABC Nursing programmes on topics such as infection prevention, pain relief and nutrition, as the nurses examined how to implement changes in the real-world settings of their own units.

A second training week where all the nurses will each be developing their own implementation science projects is starting on the 21st of July in Lilongwe.

Interburns would like to thank Dr Maria Beard for developing and leading the programme for CGBIPR; Maria is an experienced nurse who has completed a PhD on burn prevention in Malawi, and is also a member of faculty for the ABC Nursing course. We would also like to thank our colleagues Edna Ogada from the Centre for Global Injury Policy and Research at Swansea University, our academic partner, and Lucy Kynge, an Interburns team member who is leading the development of our online learning programmes.

Funding for the programme was provided from the NIHR grant supporting the partnership between the CGBIPR and Interburns, as well as from Wales for Africa. Wales for Africa have since provided Interburns with an additional grant to support the development of nursing care in Malawi, focusing specifically on the teams at the 2 main government burn units based at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blantyre. Interburns would like to thank both Wales for Africa and NIHR for their continued support.