The programme covered a wide range of topics and areas of interest related to burn care and prevention in sub-Saharan Africa. The myriad of topics included briefings on; work-to-date in units in Kumasi in Ghana, Dakar in Senegal, and Addis Ababa, presentations on the design and layout of a burn unit, community-level prevention activities in Kenya and Tanzania, and a variety of clinical topics including surgery, use of skin substitutes, and how to break bad news to patients in a compassionate way, among many others.
Professor Potokar, Director of the charity Interburns, presented a one hour seminar on ‘Implementation Science and Systems Approach in Burn Care’ and also covered the setup of the new Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research (CGBIPR) at Swansea University and the plan for a large joint research project in collaboration with Interburns. Professor Potokar also held meetings with the Federal Ministry of Health around supporting development of burns services in the country and conducted assessment of two main burns services in Addis Ababa.
Find out more about Interburns here. View some short videos from the trip here (#interburns).