Basic Burn Care in development

It is exciting to see the development of the new Basic Burn Care (BBC) programme aimed at primary-level health care workers at health posts, community clinics and primary hospitals. These centres are often the first port of call for people with a burn injury, and need to give effective first aid and initial care, advise on prevention, and refer patients with more severe injuries to appropriate hospital services.

The workshop included public health specialists, Ministry of Health representatives, programme managers and researchers from Nigeria, Malawi, Ethiopia, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Bangladesh, Nepal, Canada and the UK. The majority of participants were relative newcomers to Interburns and were invited because of their experience in developing, delivering and evaluating programmes at the primary health care and community levels.

The workshop built on a previous one that was held with our academic partner, the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research (CGBIPR) at Swansea University in November 2016 to develop basic-level training and an integrated approach to prevention.

Interburns would like to thank Hub Cymru Africa for funding this workshop with NIHR, as well as their continuing support for a new programme in Ethiopia following several years of funding for programmes in Ghana.