National Burn Awareness Week: February 3-9

More women are severely burned each year than are diagnosed with HIV and tuberculosis combined. 

During National Burn Awareness Week, International Medical Corps is highlighting this neglected health crisis that can easily be prevented and treated through simple surgery that corrects disabling injuries and through community education on prevention that can save countless lives.

Women in developing countries who use open flames for cooking, heat and light are particularly at risk of severe burns, yet also lack access to adequate medical care. Severe burns leave victims with disabilities that cost more than $80.2 billion a year in lost wages and skills. What’s more, burn injuries needlessly cause permanent disabilities due to a lack of medical care. Burn victims often are stigmatized and shunned, hindering their ability to be productive citizens. 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.

International Medical Corps is working with ReSurge International, a trusted partner with a 43-year history of serving burn victims in vulnerable communities through surgery, to reach the more than seven million people affected by burns in the developing world each year. Together, ReSurge International and International Medical Corps will build and scale-up burn prevention, health care and training services in underserved communities worldwide, beginning with a flagship program in Nepal.

How you can help:

Join the ReThink Burns Photo Challenge: We need your help to spread the word about burns in the developing world. We hope you will join us with three simple steps:

  1. Download the ReThink Burns sign at:
  2. Take a photo of yourself, or your friends and family, holding the sign
  3. Upload your photo to our Facebook page ( or email it to and let us know where you took the photo. We'll then feature it on our ReThink Burns Pinterest board.

For every photo we receive, generous donors, Emil and Patty Wang, will give us $5 for burn care. Join this growing movement and advocate for those whose voices are not heard. Learn more at and help us save lives and create a safer world.

  • Take the pledge!: If you haven't already, sign our pledge and join the frontline in the fight against the hidden global crisis of burns.
  • Watch and share the video: Severe burns remain a neglected health crisis in developing countries, particularly among poor women and children. Learn more about the staggering scope and solutions.

Learn more about our partnership with ReSurge here.