The World Health Organisation has called it a public health crisis and burn injuries have been described as a "disease of poverty". In this episode, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Professor of Human and Health Sciences Tom Potokar discusses his research into burn injuries and his work to improve their care and prevention in conflict environments and poorer parts of the world. Tom talks about working in countries such as Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Nepal to improve the care of victims of burn injuries by building the capacity of those treating them.
Episode 8: Burn injuries: how do we tackle this global public health crisis?
Plastic Surgeon, Professor Tom Potokar is Chair of the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy & Research at Swansea University. His work takes him to conflict environments like Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Iraq and poorer parts of the world like Nepal, Ethiopia and Bangladesh where he works to improve the care of victims of burn injuries by building the capacity of those treating them. Tom, who works closely with the World Health Organisation, agrees with their view that burn injuries are a public health crisis, and to tackle this, he has led numerous training and development programmes on burn care and prevention and has been involved in supporting the development of burns services for over 15 years.