Last week, the Congressional Global Health Caucus, with ReSurge and International Medical Corps, held the first briefing on the neglected global health crisis of burns in the developing world. The briefing created a unique opportunity to draw greater attention to the issue of burns.
The Congressional Global Health Caucus is chaired by U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum of Minnesota and Dave Reichart of Washington. ReSurge and International Medical Corps are thankful for their leadership in bringing this hidden issue forward.
Nearly 11 million people worldwide are burned severely enough to require medical attention annually, according to the World Health Organization’s estimate of 2004. Almost all of them (95 percent) live in developing countries.
Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, principal deputy assistant secretary for global affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services moderated the event.
An impressive group of speakers gathered and enriched the room with their diverse perspectives on the topic. Panelists included: Dr. Pirko Maguina, ReSurge volunteer and reconstructive and plastic surgeon for Shriners' Hospitals for Children Northern California; Dr. Sumi Mehta, director of programs for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves; Dr. Michael Peck, American Burn Association board of trustees and associate director of Arizona Burn Center; Conrad Person, director of corporate contributions for Johnson & Johnson; and Dr. Kathleen West of the USC Department of Preventive Medicine and senior advisor of the First Ladies Initiative.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum's office thanked ReSurge and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves for their work to help women and children worldwide.
“The Congressional Global Health Caucus briefing moved the issue of burns more into the spotlight. It served as a building block toward more attention and political will and resources to save lives and restore hope,” said Sara Anderson, ReSurge chief communications and advocacy officer. "We are very grateful to our wonderful panel, guests and especially members of the Congressional Global Health Caucus."