KGHP provided burns' consumables so that wounds could be dressed, and bloods taken for each patient. We also collected information from each of the healthcare professionals to build a picture of the impact a burn has on an individual and their life and livelihood. We found that a significant number of people had been unable to return to work, many had ongoing, medical and rehabilitation needs and almost all had scars that were impacting their daily life, whether the scars were itchy or disfiguring, or a reminder of the trauma they had suffered.
Developing a pressure garment-making service
Finally, the review week helped to inform the next steps of care, including the development of a pressure garment-making service. Jessie, one of the burns volunteers has been working with a tailor, Momoh at the national rehabilitation centre in Freetown to teach him how to make pressure garments to help treat the scars of burns victims. KGHP has provided an overlocking sewing machine and some locally available cloth with which to make the garments. Momoh and Jessie are working together to make sure that all the victims from the explosion have the correct pressure garments, and Momoh will continue making them in the future.
The longer term aims of the project include:
- Supporting the creation of a specialist burns unit in Freetown through training, mentorship and systems support
- Developing a Burns Register at Connaught Hospital to inform longer term planning of a national burns care system and to drive quality improvement efforts.