“Burn” is a major Public Health Programme all over the world. In fact, more people die due to burn injuries than Malaria and Tuberculosis. As per WHO report 2014, in India, over 1, 000, 000 people are moderately or severely burnt every year. As per the data extrapolated from the information received from 3 major Govt. Hospitals in Delhi, approx. 1.4 lakh people die of burn injuries annually. This comes to one death every 4 minutes due to burns. Most of the burn victims belong to vulnerable group of the society. The misery of burn patients is further aggravated as the treatment requires prolonged hospitalization and multiple corrective plastic surgeries, leading to economic hardship.
However, the death and disability due to burn injury are preventable to a great extent provided timely and appropriate treatment is provided by trained personnel.
The management of burns is a distinct branch of medical super specialty. However, trained manpower as well as dedicated burn units is almost non-existing in our country. Keeping in view the magnitude of problem, a pilot project was approved during the 11th five year plan period.