The Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research was recently lucky enough to work with one of Swansea University’s very keen and talented students – Rawan Taha – through the Swansea Employability Academy SPIN placement scheme.
Rawan, a student studying for a Masters in Public Health, joined us on a placement, and helped us to prepare for an International Injury Prevention workshop, held here in Swansea, and she has written up a great case study, sharing her experience of the placement with us.
We are always glad to hear from anyone interested in our work, so if you would like to learn more, or find out about potential future placements, then please get in touch! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“The newer concept of prevention as developed was applied almost wholly to disease, to the sick. The injured were largely forgotten’’ – John E. Gordon 1949
During my Masters course of Public Health and Health Promotion, I realized that the importance of injuries has increased in developing countries like my own (Egypt), and in other indigenous communities and I recognised that this trend will continue to rise as infectious and degenerative diseases are better controlled. This led me to seek the opportunity to complete a one month placement during June of 2018 at the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research at Swansea University, as burns are a leading cause of preventable injury, disability and death.
Throughout the duration of my placement, I was tasked with conducting a literature review to identify manuscripts on the prevention of burns in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) in preparation for the Burn Prevention and Implementation Workshop that took place in Swansea, Wales on July 2nd and 3rd 2018. Through conducting the literature review under the supervision of Professor Tom Potokar, the director of the Centre, and Edna Ogada, an experienced International Health researcher, I learned to effectively and systematically locate and analyse papers as well as to accurately critique them. I also gained skills in the usage of search engines like EBSCO and SafetyLit. Additionally, I was able to sharpen my referencing skills and my usage of Microsoft Office software such as Excel and Word.
During my studies as a Masters of Public Health student and in my role as a research intern during my placement, I consistently try to link my work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) which are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Since burn injuries are more likely to occur in developing countries as well as some cultures predisposing females to a higher risk of burns due to clothing styles and domestic activities near open flames, the Global Goals 1, 3,5,10, and 17 were addressed during my placement. These represented No Poverty, Good Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, and Partnership for the Goals.
Additionally, during my placement I was able to understand the importance of policy initiatives in the scope of burn prevention implementation strategies. Complementary to educational initiatives, policy initiatives are needed in developing countries to provide safer alternatives to open flames for heating, cooking, and lighting as well as safer clothing materials to prevent clothing ignition.
Overall, I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to complete this placement as it has provided me with a more practical and holistic overview of public health practice along with multiple transferable skills and an increased international network of health professionals working on various realms of injury prevention.
MsC Candidate of Public Health Swansea University 2018