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After five fantastic years, the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research is drawing to a finish

News | 13/07/2021

After five fantastic years, the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research is drawing to a finish – but that does not mean the end. The Centre has been run by Professor Tom Potokar and Professor Patricia Price, both of whom founded the NGO ‘Interburns’ in 2007. Since the Centre began in 2017, we have worked closely together with Interburns, supporting and enhancing one another. So, although the Centre is now closing, Interburns will carry on the work, and remain in close contact with the global network of people that the Centre has developed, all of whom are invested in reducing the global burden of burns. 

It has been a pleasure to work with such great organisations across the globe over the past five years and create burn prevention interventions from “the bottom up”. These integral partnerships have allowed us to implement programmes, knowing that the local context has been fully appreciated through co-creation. We are so happy to hear that the work from this project has sparked national interest in burns such that burns will continue to be a point of focus in the national/local policies of many LMICs – giving our project a strong sense of sustainability. 

 

A message from Professor Potokar and Professor Price: 


“We are really proud of the things we have been able to achieve and would like to thank everyone who helped us along the way – particularly our main partner, Interburns.  Our thanks must also go to all the in-country volunteers, clinical and research teams in countries from across the globe – everyone has shared our passion to prevent burn injuries and ameliorate the tragic consequences of getting one. Our legacy includes a wide range of publications and fantastic resources, all of which are free to download on the resources section of www.interburns.org. Please use them – and tell others about them.”

Some of our highlights:

  • “Burn Free Village”- In Nepal a project was run to engage with the community to promote burn awareness and implement interventions to prevent burns, based on the local context. This project was run across three districts; in the winter prior to the project there were 20 recorded serious burn injuries across these areas. In the winter after project implementation, there was not one serious burn injury reported! This drastic drop in burn injuries was a strong testament to the importance of community engagement and building a programme specific for the local realities.

 

  • A Quality Improvement (QI) and Implementation course for 8 nurses from Malawi and Ethiopia was run over a 12 month period. The course was developed to equip nurses working within burns units with the theoretical and practical skills to plan, implement, monitor and communicate small scale quality and service improvement projects in their clinical area. By the end of the course, each of the participating nurses had set up their own QI project in their setting – one of the nurses wrote up their work which has now been published in an international journal! Course pictured below 

           

     

  • The Centre and Interburns helped to design, deliver and evaluate an important pilot training event that focused on a more coordinated approach in the face of mass casualty events within the EU. The overarching aim of this training event was to develop a strategy allowing a country in crisis to call upon the EU to deploy trained Burn Assessment Teams.
  • Mongolia has the highest rate of paediatric burns in the world. At the Centre we collaborated with partners in Mongolia and Japan to develop and trial a kitchen rack designed to elevate hot cooking pots (to avoid cooking at ground level) in Gers in Ulaanbataar. The feedback from the involved households was very positive, with all of the households stating that they felt the rack reduced the risk of burns to their children. The racks could be a simple but effective intervention to reduce paediatric burns in this setting! Pictured right: street in Ulaanbaatar

From Then to Now! 

This photo was taken when the Centre first opened. This is Tom giving the Launch speech!

November ’17

Some of our lovely team reunited in Swansea to empty the offices and transition to a solely Interburns Future!

June ’21

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