Project information

Essential Burn Care (EBC)

Transforming burn care in low and middle income countries through training and education, in order to radically reduce death and disability from burns for the poorest patients.

12 months

Charity information: Interburns

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  • Need


    Burns is an enormous global problem that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has described as ‘the forgotten global public health crisis’. 11 million people a year suffer burns requiring medical attention, and 95% of these injuries occur in low and middle income countries, 70% of them affecting children. Burn care in these countries is often inadequate and inaccessible to the poorest patients.


    Essential Burn Care (EBC) is an interactive training course that teaches all aspects of essential burn care, enabling doctors, nurses and therapists without specialist training to provide good quality care with limited resources. EBC is endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the International Society of Burn Injuries. Using EBC, Interburns has trained over 1,500 health professionals, by drawing on our international network of expert medical volunteers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Train burn care professionals in Nepal through EBC


    » Hold EBC and 'training the trainers' course in Kathmandu to enable local professionals to disseminate essential burn care training throughout Nepal.

    What success will look like

    Each EBC course will train 30-40 burn care professionals (doctors, nurses and physios) to provide improved burn care to patients and pass this training on to other professionals.

  • Impact


    Each EBC will be accompanied by a 'Training the Trainers' course where the most experienced candidates are taught to deliver EBC training themselves, enabling us to disseminate training more broadly throughout the country in partnership with local health facilities. The WHO estimates that the provision of adequate burn care could reduce the time spent in hospital by 35% and the overall mortality rate by an estimated 30%.


    There is a risk that candidates are not wholly committed to burn care and disseminating training throughout the country. To mitigate this, all candidates are selected in collaboration with senior professionals from the Nepali Burn Care Forum. There is a risk that people attend the training but do not put the knowledge and skills learnt into practice (the knowledge to action gap). Our ongoing evaluation of these professionals is designed to ensure training leads to improved burn patient outcomes.


    Donors will receive regular updates on how the project is progressing. A full report is completed for each course held including full details of budget and expenditure, numbers and details of participants trained and methods of monitoring and evaluation, which will be shared with all donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,550

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,450 Travel costs Economy flights for medical volunteer trainers
      £1,400 Resources Printing Training Manual and other teaching materials for participants
      £1,700 Accommodation/Subsistence Budget accommodation and per diem for trainers, communication costs
      £3,000 Development training materials Development of training materials including audio-visual tools and teaching aids
      £3,000 Organisation of course and M/E Organisation of logistics of course, monitoring and evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Marr-Munning Trust (Joan Honour Tribute Fund) £5,000 Guaranteed
    Hasluck Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The burns situation in Nepal is characteristic of many low income countries. Burn patients are typically poor and often cannot afford appropriate treatment. Government burn services are located in urban centres like Kathmandu, while the majority of burns occur in the rural periphery where patients are treated in non-specialist health facilities by staff not trained in burn care. Nepal's mountainous terrain and poor communications complicate the transport of patients to central health facilities.


    Many health professionals currently treating burn patients - especially those in rural and peripheral areas - lack specialist training in burns, often leading to inappropriate or ineffective treatments that cause preventable death and disability. Our project will ensure burn patients across Nepal are able to receive better treatment, leading to improved outcomes and reduced death and disability from burn injuries for the most vulnerable patients, particularly children and young women.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    All our training programmes have been specifically developed ‘from the ground up’ for low and middle income countries, and are delivered cost-effectively by drawing on our network of expert medical volunteers (75% of whom are from these countries). EBC is endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the International Society of Burn Injuries, and we have already trained over 1,500 health professionals through EBC.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nepal Burn Care Forum

    The Forum is led by Dr Shankar Rai, Dr Ravi Chaudhary and Sister Nara Devi Bariya, and selects local burn care professionals to take part in training.

    Interburns Team Members

    Interburns draws on its international team of expert medical volunteers to deliver training: