What we do
Twice a month, BVS-Nepal team and some of volunteers visit BIR intensive Burns Unit and Kanti Children Burns Ward to give to each patient a basket of food items as advised by the medical in charge.In 2012, 308 patients already benefit of the nutrition programme.
Survivors need to be fed very high protein diets to give their bodies the strength to fight such extreme injuries. ‘A burn that is 20% or more of the total body surface area (TBSA) will increase the body's energy (calories) demands by one and a half to 2 times of the normal amount.’*(Jim Buffy, Article source: http://EzineArticles.com/441402)
The goals of the nutritional support are to maintain the body mass, manage the infections, prevent nutrient deficies an improve the wound healing.
The monthly cost of a patients diet based on calculations of two meals of rice, lentils, vegetable and mutton curry per day, works out at Rs. 12000 a month (roughly £95), with an additional Rs. 6000 for the meals of the carer. Then the patient requires a further Rs. 15000 (roughly £120) for additional nutritional supplements, such as Horlicks, milk, eggs, fruit juices, glucose, B-protein powder and biscuits. All these items are high in protein and are exactly the sort of food required by burns patients.
Nutrition being one of the important contributing factors for healing wound of burns patients, BVS-Nepal ensures that this is available to the patients.
- Nutrition Pogramme
- Medical & Surgical Support
- Recreational Programme
- Prevention & Awareness Programme
- UN-Women Project (Towards a Comprehensive strategy to end burn violence)