Tragically, in South Africa burn-related injuries are still the third most common cause of death in children under-14 and the most common cause of death in under-2s.
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In the Western Cape of South Africa, much of the township communities live in small wooden shacks in very confined spaces, utilising paraffin for heating, light and cooking.
All year-round fragile shacks are set alight through the dangerous use of paraffin in millions of homes resulting in horrific fires, which can raise a shack to the ground in less than 5 minutes. In addition, the congested buildings mean the fire services cannot get access and that the fire quickly spreads amongst the township.
Burns are one of the leading causes of childhood mortality in South Africa. Burns are largely preventable, but due to widespread poverty and poor living conditions, there is an extraordinary burden of burn injuries, with devastating consequences.
Phoenix helps to facilitate the physical and social rehabilitation of burns victims, by raising awareness and contributing to burn prevention initiatives.
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Phoenix works closely with the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. The hospital treats 1,400 in-patients and another 2,000 out-patients per year. It cares for severely burned children not only from South Africa itself but also from Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and beyond. It is the only dedicated burn centre of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa.
Action for Burns & Children
47 Elms Road
Tel: +44(0)7703 828 226