Workshop with Nepal Burn Society in Nagarkot (September 2015)

September 28, 2015
Richard Bendell

In September Interburns held a workshop in Nagarkot, Nepal with members of Nepal Burn Society and clinicians from the 7 different hospitals involved in our national project to improve burn care and prevention across Nepal, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). This programme covered a variety of topics, including the development of a national strategy for burn prevention, priorities for research in burns in Nepal, the development of patient outcome measures (to assess the effectiveness of care), and developing standardised systems for data collection and analysis.

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Participants came from a wide range of services, including Kanti Children’s Hospital, the National Trauma Centre at Bir Hospital, Kirtipur Hospital, Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital and Kathmandu Medical College in the Kathmandu valley. Other participants came from the rural periphery of Nepal including Nepalgunj, Janakpur, and United Mission Hospital in Tansen, Palpa District. The group was also joined by the executive director of our partner in Bangladesh, Selina Ahmed of Acid Survivors Foundation, who briefed the group on the successful advocacy and awareness campaigns run by ASF to reduce acid and burns violence in their country by working with a wide range of stakeholders.

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Nepal Burn Society have now trained over 400 staff in Nepal in Essential Burn Care training through 14 courses since the beginning of the DFID-funded project in late 2013, including 3 trainings funded by the Nepali government National Health Training Centre (NHTC). Interburns held an Instructor course in Kathmandu on the 18th of September specifically for staff from the rural periphery of Nepal, where many burns patients present for care. NBS delivered the most recent EBC training at Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu, the national children’s hospital and main paediatric burn unit for the country, on the 26th of September.

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Interburns would like to thank our partners in Nepal and all members of Nepal Burn Society for their support in making the recent workshop, Instructor training and EBC programmes a great success.