Members of the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research are busy this autumn visiting a number of relevant international conferences. Intended outcomes of our NIHR funded project include building up global awareness of the Centre and its work and goals, as well as building a solid network of burn care professionals and researchers to collaborate with. These goals are the main incentive for the conference visits, and of course, sharing details of our progress and learning of advances in injury prevention and interventions in other fields and contexts.
Edna Ogada, our lead Researcher supporting the NIHR programme, visited the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Liverpool to represent the Centre and to strengthen the Centre’s knowledge and contacts in community health systems research. The week was a rewarding experience, filled with meeting new likeminded contacts, and getting some great ideas for burn implementation and community work:
Edna shared some enthusiastic feedback with the team at the Centre, stating ‘The Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research was such an illuminating experience. At the plenary on “Placing community health systems at the heart of service delivery”, Stefan Swartling Peterson from UNICEF quoted a former colleague in Uganda who said “Health happens at home. Hospitals are for repair”.
As a centre, working to improve the quality of burn care in the countries we work in, we focus on those who are at risk of burn injuries, predominantly women and children in their homes. Key highlights from the workshop included the skills building sessions on Monday and Tuesday which were four-hour long sessions where participants delved into a specific issue and workshopped some of the key concepts.
I also learnt about and participated in engaging and innovative approaches to qualitative participatory research at community level; all applicable to our community prevention and first aid research in Nepal, Ethiopia and Occupied Palestinian Territories. The most exciting approach was presented in an afternoon session by Shreetala Rao Seshari and Benson Isaac from Azim Premji University in Bengaluru, India and explored the use of theatre for advancing community participation in policy development inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.’
Prof Tom Potokar will be travelling to Bangkok 5th-7th November to attend the Safety World Conference as an invited speaker. The Conference is hosted by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, and co-hosted by the World Health Organisation. This 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion aims to share experience, knowledge and good practice, advocate safety policies and strengthen the global community working on injury prevention and safety promotion. Tom will present on burn prevention, citing the work done to date by Interburns and by the CGBIPR within our leading role as the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Burn Trauma, including community surveys, educational programs, participatory action research and capacity building.
Tom Potokar will also be in Delhi at the end of November to co-chair the third meeting of the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Medical Teams technical working group, presenting recommendations on the optimal approach to managing mass casualty burn scenarios in resource poor settings.
The 19th Congress of the International Society for Burn Injuries, which takes place 30th November – 4th December in New Delhi, India, will be attended by RuthAnn Fanstone, PhD Student at the CGBIPR. She is invited to speak as part of a session where four international therapists will discuss burns education internationally, which builds on both her professional experience as a physiotherapist and her research at the Centre. Her presentation will focus on strategies for building and sustaining a burn rehabilitation programme and improving burn knowledge, clinical reasoning and problem solving skills at burn centres. These themes are all central to the Centre’s research aims, promising a very rewarding and useful conference experience.