An insight into burns in a developing country: a Sri Lankan experience

Public Health. 2006 Oct;120(10):958-65. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2006.05.016. Epub 2006 Aug 7.


Burn injuries represent a diverse and varied challenge to medical and paramedical staff. The management of burns and their sequelae in a well-equipped, modern burns unit remains demanding despite advances in surgical techniques and development of tissue-engineered biomaterials; in a developing country, these difficulties are amplified many times. Sri Lanka has a high incidence of burn-related injuries annually due to a combination of adverse social, economic and cultural factors. The management of burn injuries remains a formidable public health problem. The epidemiology of burns, challenges faced in their management and effective strategies specific to Sri Lanka, such as the Safe Bottle Lamp campaign, are highlighted in this paper.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Burns / epidemiology*
  • Burns / etiology
  • Burns / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Developing Countries
  • Female
  • Fuel Oils
  • Health Promotion*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Lighting / instrumentation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Marketing
  • Sri Lanka / epidemiology


  • Fuel Oils