Project information

Interburns Training Centre, Indore, India

Interburns is developing a training centre based in India which enables us to model the teaching and education we provide in the real life context of an operational burns unit, so our Fellows learn in a health facility in India which reflects their own working conditions and challenges.

36 months

Charity information: Interburns

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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.


    Interburns has developed a training centre based in India which enables us to model the teaching and education we provide in the real life context of an operational burns unit (at Choithram Hospital, Indore). This centre enables emerging burn care leaders to receive high quality training in a facility in India that reflects their own working conditions and challenges, at a fraction of the cost of sending a trainee to a high income country like the UK.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Further develop the curriculum of the Interburns Training Centre and the capacity of the burns unit.


    » Create a comprehensive curriculum following feedback from previous fellows and an international consensus meeting on burn care standards.

    What success will look like

    Completion of the curriculum and successful implementation for all visiting fellows over the next year.

    Aim 2

    Offer fellowships to four burn care professionals a year from Asia and Africa.


    » Develop a programme of training and visits by our international volunteer network to support the ongoing fellowship programme.

    What success will look like

    Four burn care professionals will complete the fellowship in the next year and use their new skills and knowledge to drive tangible improvements in care in their own units.

  • Impact


    Fellows will return to their own hospitals and utilise the new skills and knowledge they have learned to transform burn care in those units. Our first surgical fellowship was completed by a plastic surgeon in May 2011, who has since opened the first burn unit in his state in India. Visiting fellows are also sharing their skills and knowledge with local staff in the burns unit at the Training Centre, resulting in a two way transfer of ideas and experience with colleagues across Asia and Africa.


    Fellows could be of a poor quality or fail to implement what they have learned: Fellows will undergo a selection process to ensure they are of the calibre and experience necessary to make the most of the experience and drive improvements in their own units. The curriculum and subsequent monitoring and evaluation will be specifically designed to evaluate whether the new skills and knowledge are being put into practice.


    All fellows will complete a full report on their fellowship and undergo a formal evaluation followed by periodic updates on the progress they have made. These will be made fully available to our donors and supporters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,800 Development of curriculum Revision and development of teaching curriculum
      £3,900 Academic Resources/ Materials Production of teaching materials including audio-visual training tools
      £1,200 Accommodation for fellows Accommodation for duration of fellowship
      £4,600 Economy Travel International flights and in-country travel for fellows
      £1,000 Other Other costs including communications, printing and stationery etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) £6,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Training Centre is based in the burn unit at Choithram Hospital and Research Centre, Indore, in India. The burn unit is led by Dr Shobha Chamania, a highly experienced general surgeon and one of the co-founders of Interburns. The centre was recently host to Interburns Director Dr Tom Potokar - a plastic surgeon - who was able to teach and operate at the Centre on a three month sabbatical from the Welsh Centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery.


    Fellows are currently being accepted from a range of disciplines working directly to treat burn patients in low and middle income countries, including surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists. The aim of the fellowship programme is to target emerging burn care leaders who can drive real and tangible improvements in outcomes for burn patients in their units and in their country. The ultimate beneficiaries of this training will be burn patients across Africa and Asia, particularly India and Nepal.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    All our training is specifically developed ‘from the ground up’ for low and middle income countries, and is 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.


    Dr Shobha Chamania

    Dr Chamania runs Choithram Hospital's burn unit. She is a co-founder of Interburns and has extensive experience of training across Asia and Africa.

    Interburns Team Members

    Members of our international team of volunteers will develop the curriculum and visit the centre: