The Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research at Swansea University celebrates its one-year anniversary.
In these last twelve months we have grown from 1 individual with a vision for how to explore and improve global burn care, to a small but passionate core team of 5 research and project staff, and an extended family of over 20 team members across our partner countries working to improve outcomes for those suffering from burn injuries.
Since our formal launch in November 2017, in our first year as an NIHR Global Health Research Group on Burn Trauma, we have set up partnerships with research institutes and burn care centres across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We have already been able to gain insight into the extent and causes of burns in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) through community surveys in Nepal, and are further developing our knowledge through similar studies in Ethiopia and Occupied Palestinian Territories. This research paves the way for us to embark on the next phase of our study, where we will work with our partners to answer the critical question – how can burn injuries be prevented, and which strategies make a difference?
The Centre has also worked in partnership with a cohort of international health professionals to develop Basic Burn Care training packages, again tailored to the context of challenging low resource and fragile environments. We are excited to deliver these programmes over the coming months, and to investigate whether this makes a meaningful difference to locally delivered first aid practices.
As part of our Emergency Preparedness work, we have worked closely with the World Health Organisation to develop globally recognised recommendations on how Emergency Medical Teams should manage mass burn casualty scenarios. We are keen as we move forward to develop these recommendations into a training programme, which will have a real impact on how these events are managed, should such terrible scenarios unfold.
The Centre has hosted two workshops at Swansea University this year, which attracted an international audience from the World Health Organisation, and universities, institutions and NGOs from across the globe. These workshops focussed on the important topics of implementation of burn care prevention strategies and quality control for burn care units in LMICs.
The Centre’s first year was a busy and successful one, and there are many other studies underway working on various aspects of burn injury prevention and care – we have been conducting research into digital education strategies in LMICs, household surveys in Sierra Leone, and we are also working with nurses to develop research skills in Malawi – to name but a few. If you would like to see more about the work of the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research,please sign up to our newsletter via the website, or get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org.