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Six Ways Women are Severely Impacted by the Global Crisis of Burns

SIX WAYS WOMEN ARE Severely Impacted by the Hidden Ġlobal Crisis of RURNS Did you know that women in developing countries carry most of the global burden of burn injuries? Higher risk: Women and girls in developing countries suffer more burns than men and boys. They cook, heat and light their homes using open fires and unsafe cookstoves. Fire and acid attacks also brutally disfigure women and girls. 1 Deaths: More women and girls die from fires than men and boys in developing countries. 3 Disabilities: More women and girls suffer 3 disabling burn injuries and consequently lose more productive years (Disability Adjusted Life Years) than men and boys. Economics: Women and girls are often economically disadvantaged and face other barriers to accessing health care (when it is even available). Stigma: Women who are burned are stigmatized and shunned, severely limiting their chances for marriage, economic survival and social acceptance. 6 Caretaking duties: Women and girls often must put their lives on hold to care for family members who have been burned. Since 1969, ReSurge International has helped burn survivors by providing reconstructive surgery to repair burn scar disabilities and by building surgical capacity in developing countries. ReSurge INTERNATIONAL

Six Ways Women are Severely Impacted by the Global Crisis of Burns

shared by ReSurge on Mar 10
Severe burns remain a hidden health crisis in developing countries particularly afflicting poor women and girls, who are already one of the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.


Cessie Spearing


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