How 4 Countries Feel the Burn

In low- and middle-income countries with similar socioeconomic characteristics, the toll of burns varies—but they all share a shortage of treatment options.

New research compares reporting and treatment of burns in Nepal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Uganda, evaluating factors including burn causes, demographics, timing and barriers to care. Among the 4 countries, Sierra Leone showed the lowest proportion of individuals seeking and receiving care, at 79.3% vs 70.3%, while Rwanda topped the field with the greatest proportion, at 91.6% and 88.5% respectively.

Across the board, the odds of receiving care was significantly reduced among those who lack money and health care access, and live in rural settings.


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