The Centre has been developing projects in Sierra Leone since our launch in October 2017, and we completed an initial epidemiological study in the first half of 2018, in our role as the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Burn Trauma.
Since then, we have been fortunate to receive additional funding to work with leaders and clinicians in Sierra Leone to develop a burn care strategy.
There is a great burden of need in Sierra Leone for reconstructive surgery for trauma, and burns care forms a significant part of this work. Sierra Leone combines high incidence of burn injuries, especially among children, with a fundamental absence of knowledge and treatment protocols.
Funded by ReSurge Africa, and working in partnership with a small team from Interburns, Professor Potokar recently visited Sierra Leone to conduct a scoping study. He visited hospitals across the country, including Connaught Hospital in Freetown, and facilities in the Bombali district, and met with key agencies working in the burns, trauma care and injury prevention fields.
This study will enable Professor Potokar and Interburns to assess the existing health care system, and follow-up with a detailed strategy. This will include recommendations for capacity building of existing services, the roles of different agencies and NGOs, and a realistic action plan with clear targets for implementation.