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Useful links for burn care in Africa

We have compiled a list of useful links concerning burn care in Africa.   You will, for example, find most of the burns societies in Africa here. These can be helpful partners if you are, for example, planning a seminar on burn treatment or if you are even planning on arranging a larger regional event. One of the goals of WoundsAfrica is to connect healthcare professionals so that it is easier to collaborate and exchange knowledge. 

Some of the sites in the links have very general information, while others contain more useful resources. A common denominator for most of the online resources listed here is that you may have to use some time to find all the pearls hidden on their websites. Some of these websites need some work to make them even more user-friendly and make the educational material more visible. 

We have also included links to other useful resources like WHO documents about burn care, charitable societies, and selected articles. If you are interested in volunteer work - whether you are a nurse or a plastic surgeon - our list of charities will also be helpful for that. Our list is far from complete. Please send us a message if you know of other organizations, charities, or other useful links. Many of the charities mentioned here are based in South Africa. If you know of charities based in other African countries, let us know. Some resources are only available on social media- for example, a self-help group on Facebook for burn victims in Ghana. Currently, we do not have oversight over all activities on social media channels.

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Burn Society Kenya

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Pan African Burn Society (PABS)

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South African Burn Society

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International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI)

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Interactive map of burn centres in Africa ( provided by ISBI)

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WHO Burns

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WHO Plan for Burn care and Prevention

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Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research

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ReSurge Africa ( Charity)

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Africa Burn Relief ( Charity)

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Avela Foundation ( Charity)

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Smile Foundation ( Charity)

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Children of Fire (Charity)

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Hero Burn Foundation

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Mercy Ships (Charity)

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Setting Standards for Burn Care Services in Low and Middle Income Countries ( A report by Interburns)

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Elsevier ScienceDirect: Burns Open Access Journal

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European Burn Journal: Open Access

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UptoDate: Overview of the management of the severely burned patient

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UptoDate: Topical agents and dressings for local burn wound care

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UptoDate: Treatment of superficial wounds requiring hospital admission

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More articles about burn care from UptoDate can be found here:

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Article: Prehospital care of burn injuries in Africa: A review, 1990–2018

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Surgical Burn Care in sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review (2019)

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Article: Prehospital treatment of burns in Tanzania: a mini-meta-analysis (2018)

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