Did you know that burn accidents occur every 15 seconds?


accidents occur annually.

According to the World Health Organization, 37% of burn victims die because there are not enough burn centers providing medical care.

The death rate reaches more than 60% of the cases after one or two weeks of death due to infections contracted in hospitals. In 2014, a total of 564 children were admitted to the minor burns unit of Al-Qasr Al-Aini Hospital, 14 of whom died, making the incidence of death 2.5%. (

One of the main causes of death resulting from burns is the severe dehydration suffered during the first 6 hours after the incident, largely due to a lack of awareness.

The first 6 hours is the most important in saving the lives of burn victims.

In Egypt, people who suffer burns which cover 20% of their bodies usually die; outside Egypt, victims with burns covering over 80% of their body generally survive. At the Burn Centre in Assiut University, cases where 60% of the body is burned results in death 100% of the time; cases where the burns cover anywhere between 40-60% die 70% of the time; burns covering 30-40% have a 50% mortality rate, while burns covering between 11-30% have a 20% mortality rate. People with burns covering less than 11% usually survive. (

The number of intensive care beds represents 5.8% of the total number of beds in hospitals, which is low compared with global rates of 10-20% (The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2017).

More than 60% of burn cases require a stay of 1-3 months in intensive care, which is a major reason for hospitals refusing to admit burn cases.

Burns are the third leading cause of death in Egypt and the 50th leading cause of death from injuries and diseases overall (2017). (

Burns are the 11th leading cause of death in children under the age of 9 in the world (WHO, 2015).

According to the World Health Organization, children under the age of 5 in the Middle East are 6 times more likely to die from burns than any other country.

17% of children in Egypt suffer from temporary disability and 18% suffer permanent disabilities (WHO, 2018).


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