Improving recovery outcomes in burns survivors

Burns contribute significantly to the global burden of death and disability, resulting in at least 300,000 deaths annually, and are one of the leading causes of disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) lost in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Burns have been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the ‘forgotten global public health crisis’. In 2004, the incidence of burns severe enough to require medical attention was nearly 11 million people and ranked fourth in all injuries, higher than the combined incidence of tuberculosis and HIV infections. 

Improving recovery outcomes in burns survivors program is in its development phase. Initial scoping has been completed through a literature review and stakeholder consultation on current practices of burns rehabilitation in India. 

A participatory action approach is planned to guide health systems relevant research in developing home and community based rehabilitation for burns survivors.

The planned study sites are India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

[Image: Dr Animesh Biswas]