To shed some light on the neglected global health crisis of burns, ReSurge and International Medical Corps initiated the ReThink Burns advocacy campaign in February 2013, and it has been a success.
More than 800 people from 15 countries participated in our photo challenge, raising more than $3,000.
ReThink Burns Pledge
Another 17,000 people signed our pledge to implement solutions toward reducing burn injuries and saving lives through improved access to surgical care. Add your name to the pledge, if you haven't already.
Our advocacy efforts on burns with the U.S. Congress have also proven fruitful. In March of 2013, at the urging of ReSurge, the Congressional Global Health Caucus held the first congressional briefing on the topic. This created a unique opportunity to draw attention to the issue of burns on Capitol Hill. An impressive array of speakers from more than half a dozen different groups joined moderator Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, principal deputy assistant secretary for global affairs with the US Department of Health and Human Services, in sharing their perspectives on the topic.
Following the briefing, the House Appropriations Committee included in its Report for State and Foreign Operations, Maternal and Child Health, a request for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to look into the estimated need and cost-effectiveness of burn prevention programs.
This small but significant and pioneering step brings the issue of severe burns forward and is the first step toward generating possible government funding for addressing burns.