PILLAR THREE – Emergency preparedness

Emergency preparedness and conflict related burn care


Every year there are fire disasters involving hundreds of casualties, and more often than not they occur in resource poor environments. There is limited knowledge or evidence on how to best manage these incidents, and how to better support health professionals attending to these disasters.

Burns are not only a direct result of conflict but also occur due to a break down in services, inadequate power supplies, overcrowding, and  open fires in refugee camps . These are just some of the challenges that increase the risk of burns and present specific constraints that need to be addressed.

Staff need training to work in these environments with a better understanding of causality, burden and impact of burn injuries in these scenarios, and this pillar aims to develop guidelines and training for those Emergency Medical Teams, which will enable better management of mass casualty burn incidents.

Pillar three is composed of three work streams;

Stream 3.1

The CGBIPR and Interburns have developed strong international collaborations with academic institutions such as Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, and the Conflict Medicine Department of the Global health Institute at the American University of Beirut.

This work stream will identify priority areas for research and policy development in conflict-related burn care.

Stream 3.2

The CGBIPR and Interburns will build on our strong working relationships with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other agencies involved in humanitarian aid in conflict areas, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and MAP, to develop guidelines and recommendations for clinical management and emergency preparedness for burns in conflict environments.

Stream 3.3

Recommendations for management of mass casualty scenarios will be further developed into a training programme, which will be delivered to professionals working in the emergency and disaster response field.

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