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Internationally, burns are a grave public health problem.1 There are over 300,000 deaths each year from fires alone, with additional deaths from scalds, electrical and chemical burns, and other forms of burns, for which international data is currently unavailable.1,2

According to the WHO,


"Fire-related deaths alone rank among the 15 leading causes of death among children and young adults 5-29 years. Over 95% of fatal fire-related burns occur in low- and middle-income countries. South-East Asia alone accounts for just over one-half of the total number of fire-related deaths worldwide and females in this region have the highest fire-related burn mortality rates globally. In addition to those who die, millions more are left with lifelong disabilities and disfigurements, often with resulting stigma and rejection."1
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In many low- and middle-income countries, burns are often caused by stoves and lamps that are dangerous.3 This includes paraffin (kerosene) lamps and stoves that are predisposed to being knocked over resulting in either burning a person directly or initiating a house fire.8 Stove burst injuries can be devastating injuries that disproportionately affect people in developing countries. According to Ahmad et al (2007) "burns due to stove bursts are a major problem and continue to be a major environmental factor responsible for significant morbidity and mortality in developing countries."4

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