Advanced training for nurses in Nepal.

From 5-9th February 2018, a mixed Interburns team delivered the latest version of the Interburns ABC Nursing training to 33 nurses at Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal. Interburns faculty of nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and an occupational therapist came from Nepal, India, Ghana, Ethiopia, Switzerland and the UK.

30 nurses from 10 key burn services across the country participated, from the main government adult and paediatric burn units in Kathmandu through to an NGO hospital in rural Palpa and district hospitals in Nepalgunj and Janakpur. The Nepali participants were joined by two Indian nurses from the Interburns Training Centre at Choithram Hospital in Indore, India.

 This was the third ABC Nursing programme following the delivery of trainings in Dhaka, Bangladesh in March 2016 and Accra, Ghana in March 2017. The curriculum is revised with each iteration and the course materials contextualised for the specific country where it will be delivered. It is a highly practical and hands-on course with focus on group work, interactive case studies and problem-solving. Local Nepali instructors helped overcome barriers that could reduce the effectiveness of the teaching for some participants.

Dr Shobha Chamania, Director of the Interburns Training Centre in India and Professor Tom Potokar met with Dr Shankar Rai, Director of Kirtipur Hospital, to discuss Kirtipur’s new status as the second international Interburns Training Centre. The two ITCs will both offer Fellowships in burn care with a common educational framework. Dr Owen McIntyre, a consultant anaesthetist at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, also visited Kirtipur to review the hospital’s critical care setup. Doctors Rai, Chamania, Potokar and McIntyre contributed to the course through specific teaching segments.

Interburns would like to thank the entire ABC Nursing faculty:

Dominique Potokar, Burn Nurse Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Swansea, Wales, UK
Pratibha Sharma, Nutritionist, Choithram Hospital and Research Centre, Indore, India
Sangita Shrestha, Burn Nurse Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
Negat Woldehawariat, Burn Nurse in St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sheila Adoe Addison, Burn Nurse, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana.
Roshan Dangol, Physiotherapist, Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
Nara Devi Bariya, Retired Sister/Burn Nurse, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Gauri Karki Rana, Burn Nurse Kanti Children Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Diana Mehrez, Burn Nurse Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Swansea, Wales, UK
Poonam Pandey, Physiotherapist, Kanti Children Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
Renate Pfann, Occupational therapist, Pediatric Burn University Children Hospital , Zurich, SwitzerlandParticular thanks are due to Mr Anil Dhital, the local Programme Officer for Nepal Burn Society and Interburns who did a superb job organising the logistics. Interburns is also grateful to Dr Shankar Rai for hosting the training programme at Kirtipur Hospital.