Project information

Advanced Burn Care (ABC)

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

October 2012 - October 2013

Charity information


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  • Need


    There is a lack of effective training for burn care professionals that is tailored to the high number of patients and limited resources available in low and middle income countries. As a result, many health professionals treating burns patients in these countries have received little specialist training that is relevant to their daily working conditions. Unfortunately, as a consequence many burns patients suffer preventable death and disability resulting from poor or inappropriate treatment.


    Advanced Burn Care (ABC) is an advanced training course that is being developed to complement our core course, Essential Burn Care (EBC). Where EBC is a one day course for health professionals without any specialist training in burns, ABC is a two day interactive course targeted at experienced and senior healthcare professionals working in specialist burn centres in LMICs. ABC focuses on the management of major and complex burns, reconstructive surgery, leadership, and motivation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create an internationally recognised advanced burn care course for low and middle income countries.


    » Develop the core curriculum for ABC and pilot the course in collaboration with our local partners in South Asia in early 2013.

    Develop ABC into an internationally recognised and endorsed course and pilot the training by holding a course in South Asia in early 2013.

  • Impact


    In January 2012 Interburns held an international consensus meeting in Kathmandu to agree Standards for burn care services in low and middle income countries at the basic, intermediate and advanced level. ABC will be used as the primary training tool for helping health facilities and their staff reach the agreed standards of an advanced level facility, including an excellent standard of burn care services with improved outcomes for burn patients.


    Course could be of limited relevance to low and middle income countries: ABC will be developed by our international team of expert medical volunteers, 75% are from and working in low resource environments in these countries.
    Course could fail to receive international recognition: ABC will be based on and designed to complement our Essential Burn Care course, which has been recognised and endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI).


    Donors will receive regular updates on how the project is progressing. A full report will be shared upon completion, including full details of budget and expenditure, numbers and details of participants trained and methods of monitoring and evaluation, which will be provided to all donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Development of core curriculum Development of ABC training modules based on EBC model
      £5,000 Creation of training manual Development of interactive training manual to accompany training courses
      £1,500 Printing of manual Printing of manual for participants in pilot training
      £6,000 Development of training tools Creation of audio-visual training tools for online resource centre and ongoing learning

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) £8,140 Guaranteed
  • Background


    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.


    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 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 are 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). Our core course, Essential Burn Care 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 in Asia and Africa through EBC.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Interburns Team Of Expert Medical Volunteers

    ABC will be developed by our international network of volunteer medical professionals.