Wales for Africa fund burns nursing training in Malawi (July 2019)

July 12, 2019
Richard Bendell

Since its inception in 2006, Interburns has proudly been an international development organisation based in Wales. Over the last 6 years, the Welsh government’s Wales for Africa programme has supported several Interburns projects in West and East Africa. These include:

  • 2 projects to improve burn care at the two main government burn units in Ghana, the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burn unit at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi
  • A project to provide support and burns training to several key units in Ethiopia, including Addis Ababa Burns and Emergency Trauma Hospital, Yekatit-12 and Jimma University Hospitals.

Wales for Africa have provided Interburns with further support this year, with a grant to improve nursing care for burns in the key government burn units in Malawi, based at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blantyre. These 2 units are the main referral hospitals for the Central and Southern regions and receive burn patients from all over the country. As is the case in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, burn nurses in Malawi face many challenges due to shortages of staff, training and resources such as wound dressings, splints, and analgesia.

Several nurses from Malawi have been involved in other international training programmes for Interburns, including attending Advanced Burn Care Nursing trainings in Ghana and Ethiopia in 2016 and 2018. 2 nurses have also become members of faculty to deliver Essential Burn Care and Advanced Burn Care Nursing training to colleagues. Our academic partner, the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research at Swansea University, is also running an implementation science and quality improvement course specifically for nurses in Malawi.

Interburns would like to thank Wales for Africa for their continued support for our work over many years.