Our burn-related infographics for today focus on the burden of severe burns on women. As you can see above, more women are severely burned each year than are diagnosed with HIV and tuberculosis combined (WHO, 2004 GBD).
Half of the world still uses open fires for cooking, heating and/or lighting. In these households, disabling burns are prevalent, and women are primarily the ones doing the cooking and homemaking in developing countries, where the vast majority of severe burns occur. Lack of proper fire safety measures and loose clothing worn by women contribute to the problem. In some cases, burns also represent a human rights issue, especially for women and girls in South Asia where fire and acid attacks are used to brutally disfigure them.
In India, women make up 28 percent of the world's burden of burn injuries (even though they only represent 8 percent of the world's population). Without immediate access to adequate burn care, these burn injuries are left to heal by themselves, creating scar tissue (contractures) that can destroy function and movement, and cause disfigurement in ways unimaginable.
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