Providing the Evidence, Developing the Policies, Leading the Way.
The Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research (CGBIPR) provides global leadership in the field of applied burns research, with a focus on resource-poor settings.
In low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs), burn injuries have become a forgotten public health crisis, and outcomes for patients are often particularly poor. Although affordable, lifesaving interventions exist to confront many of the challenges present in these locations, there is little understanding as to how they can be delivered in a wide diversity of settings. By building the research capacity of key partners and embedding an implementation science approach across our work, we will seek to close the gap between knowledge and action.
A global network of researchers will be led by CGBIPR from its base at Swansea University, a leading UK research institution. The outcomes of the Centre’s activities will be used to develop strategies that will reduce the incidence of burn injuries and improve patient outcomes.
In 2017, the Centre secured funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for a three year programme to establish a Global Health Research Group on Burn Trauma. Working in partnership with Interburns, an NGO working specifically to transform global burn care, we are embarking on an ambitious research programme with a network of global collaborators.
Burn injuries in low and middle income countries
Burn injuries disproportionally affect people in poor countries and regions where there is chronic or acute conflict. They also disproportionately affect women and children, especially in SE Asia where burns are the only form of trauma more common in women. Unfortunately, access to appropriate treatment is limited and survival rates are much lower than in rich countries. This also means that there are far more complications resulting in an enormous burden of death and suffering from physical deformity, disability, and the psychological and social consequences of these traumatic injuries.
The initial focus of the Centre’s work will be in Nepal, Ethiopia, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The team at Swansea University will work closely with partner organisations in these locations to identify current clinical practice around burns care and potential barriers to improvement. It will draw on implementation and improvement science to create workable solutions in these resource-poor settings.
Global burn injury facts
- People living in low and middle income countries are at higher risk for burns than people in high income countries.
- Within all countries burn risk correlates with socioeconomic status
- In India over 1 million people are moderately or severely burnt every year
- Nearly 173,000 Bangladeshi children are moderately or severely burnt every year
- Unsafe kerosene lamps and cookers and poor electricity infrastructure contribute considerably to the global burden of burn injures