The Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy & Research organised two successful workshops in the first week of July together with partner Interburns. Both these workshops hosted at Swansea University formed part of the Centre’s NIHR Global Health Research Group on Burn Trauma.
The first workshop on 2nd and 3rd July focused on Burn Prevention & Implementation in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). The team first shared a comprehensive review of current burn prevention research, after which delegates discussed effectiveness and practical implementation. We were able to call on the expertise of colleagues on prevention and implementation strategies in relation to drowning and traffic safety.
With the help of Dr Kamal Phuyal, from Sagun and the Nepal Burn Society, the situation in Nepal could be used as a case-study to focus specifically on burn prevention. Colleagues from Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, the George Institute, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Interburns and other UK universities discussed practical applications that could be suggested to the communities, such as a different cooking stove, as well as the development of a framework of prevention and implementation. To make any prevention strategy work well, the involvement of the community in developing and implementing this is crucial, as they will anticipate cultural and social obstacles. The CGBIPR is currently developing prevention initiatives with communities in Ethiopia, Nepal and Occupied Palestinian Territories, which includes collecting baseline information on burn injuries.
During the second half of the week, the emphasis lay on Quality Improvement (QI) in burn care. This was a more practical workshop aiming to review the QI approach itself, as well as develop a toolkit that would help introduce QI frameworks in burn services. Interburns, an NGO working to transform global burn care, has developed and worked with a framework for quality improvement and capacity building for LMICs, which formed the starting point for this workshop.
The personal expertise of individual delegates was very useful in helping us to review this framework including advice on rephrasing questions, and discussing what evidence was needed and readily available to provide a useful picture of the state of a burn care unit. The combination of delegates from a research and those from a clinical background meant both practical applicability and the opportunity for scientific review were covered.
A second major output of the workshop, as well as updates to the QI framework itself, was the development, and start of the production, of a toolkit to explain how the QI framework works and to help burn services to use it. This included developing some short educational video clips to support training
in the participatory approach to evaluating a burns service, and some of the videos were already shot on the final workshop day.
Interburns and the CGBIPR look back at a very successful week of workshops and want to thank our delegates from all continents: Asad Latif (Johns Hopkins); Nukhba Zia (Johns Hopkins); David Meddings (WHO); Kamal Phuyal (Sagun); Maria Beard (Nottingham University); Paul Richards (Swansea University); Margie Peden (George Institute); Ronan Lyons (Swansea University); Rawan Taha (Swansea University); Enamul Karim (ASF); Shadi Zatara (MAP); Baye Denekew (AMREF); Jem Holland (Interburns); Richard Bendell (Interburns); Andy Roberts (Interburns); Tom Potokar (CGBIPR); RuthAnn Fanstone (CGBIPR); Edna Ogada (CGBIPR).