EBC reaches remote regions of Nepal.

We are delighted that our partners in Nepal have secured funding from the National Health Training Centre of Nepal (NHTC) to run more training courses for burns staff working in some of the more remote regions of Nepal.

Many patients suffer burn injuries in the rural periphery of Nepal where geographic and economic challenges prevent burn patients from travelling to government health facilities in Kathmandu. It is vitally important that staff working in these regions know how to give safe and effective care to burn patients. However, as in many low income countries, very few health care staff have any training in burn care. Improper treatment often leads to a huge burden of preventable complications and suffering for patients, including long-term disability and deformity.

In June and July, the Nepal Burn Society ran three EBC trainings in Dhangadhi, Biratnagar and Birgunj to 88 health care professionals including surgeons, doctors, nurses, therapists and health care assistants. This brings the total number of health care professionals trained directly by Nepal Burn Society since last July 2013 to 173, a fantastic achievement.

Dhangadhi is a city in the remote western region. The EBC training was sponsored by NHTC at Seti Zonal Hospital for 26 staff including 6 doctors, 12 nurses and 10 health care assistants. Staff attended from five hospitals: Seti Zonal Hospital; Mahakali Zonal Hospital, Mahendranagar; Tikapur Hospital, Kailali; sub-regional hospital, Dadeldhura; Jajarkot Hospital.

On the 28th of June, NBS held the next training at the National Medical College in Birgunj, Parsa District in southern Nepal. 11 doctors, 12 nurses, 2 therapists and 4 health care assistants were trained from five hospitals: Narayani Regional Hospital, Birgunj; Kalaiya Hospital, Bara; Hetauda Hospital, Makawanpur; Bageshowri PHC, Parsa; National Medical College, Birgunj.

The final EBC was held in Biratnagar in southeastern Nepal for 33 staff mainly from sub-health posts in the area. Staff were from five hospitals and 10 smaller facilities: Dhankuta District Hospital; Koshi Zonal Hospital, Biratnagar; AMDA Hospital, Jhapa; Nepal ER Police Hospital, Sunsari; Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital, Rajbiraj; and a number of sub-health posts (Maharanihoda, Kohabara, Shantinagar, Lakhanpur, Bhogateni, Arjundhara, Madhumalla, Yangshila, Letang, Mangabari).

We would like to thank the hard work and dedication of a large number of people. In particular:

  • Dr. RP Chaudhary, Consultant Pediatric Surgeon , Kanti Children’s Hospital, Kathmandu

  • Dr. KN Joshi, Former Medical Superintendent of Bheri Zonal Hospital, Nepalgunj

  • Dr. Sandesh Prakash Maskey, Plastic Surgeon, Kathmandu Medical College, Kathmandu

  • Dr. Peeyush Dahal, Surgeon, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu

  • Dr. Rojina Shilpakar, General Surgeon, Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital, Shankhu

  • Ms. Poonam Pandey, Physiotherapist, Kanti Children’s Hospital , Kathmandu

  • Ms. Gauri Karki, In-Charge of Burn Ward, Kanti Children’s Hospital, Kathmandu