Avoidable Deaths Network and Ms Kristina Stiles in the UK jointly organised a public webinar on 25 January 2024 at 14:00 GMT (UK time). This webinar brought together five world-leading experts from five countries across four continents (Asia, Africa, Europe and North America). The expert panel focused on:
- Raising awareness of the risks of burns at home;
- Helping to safeguard those at greatest risk; and
- Reducing avoidable burn deaths through prevention and amenable/timely interventions.
Every year in the UK and around the world individuals sustain a burn injury or death. In the UK alone, an estimated 250,000 people will sustain a burn injury. Of these, 175,000 will attend an Emergency Department, and 16,000 will go on to be admitted to hospital for specialist burns care. Typically, the burden of burn injury or death is carried by socio-economically vulnerable sections of society in high-income and low-and middle-income countries.
Ms. Danielle Antonellis
Danielle is the Founder and Executive Director of Kindling, a USA-based non-profit organization with the mission of connecting fire safety knowledge to local and global humanitarian and development efforts to reduce the unequal impact of fire on people, property, and livelihoods in vulnerable communities around the world.
Dr. Tanveer Ahmed
Dr. Tanveer is a Bangladesh trained Plastic Surgeon and an Associate Professor in the ‘Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery’ in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has a special interest in reconstruction, burn, post-burn, hand, congenital, paediatric plastic & wound care.
Ms. Shobha Chamania
Ms. Shobha is presently a senior surgeon attached to the Choithram Hospital and research centre, Indore, India. She has established the first comprehensive Burn care facility in Central India in 1988.
Dr. Jonathan Bayou
Dr. Jonathan is a research assistant professor in Nursing and a clinical academic Nurse specialising in burn, plastics and reconstructive surgical nursing and sub-specialising in geriatrics, pain management, palliative/ end of life care. He is affiliated with the Presbyterian University, Ghana and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Ms. Ziphilly Chiumia Sichinga
Ziphilly Chiumia Sichinga is a Senior Nursing Officer at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Malawi with 8 years experience in burn care. She is also a burn Nutrition fellow and very much passionate with improving burn care through mentorship, provision of direct nursing care and leadership and trainings and research.
The event was attended by 48 participants.