Challenges and opportunities in plastic reconstructive surgery and burn care in Bangladesh

Gertraud Eylert, Debra Reilly, Judy Placek, Verena Kozmann, Runa Khan, Constance Neuhann-Lorenz

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Introduction: Bangladesh, a Muslim majority developing country, faces difficulties and burdens in patient care, especially for women. These include limitations of medical professional staff, lack of knowledge in state-of-the-art treatments, after-care in the field of plastic reconstructive surgery and burn care, especially in the country-side and remote areas. Various programs for (primary) health care improvements are underway, including sanitary programs to increase general health. Accessibility to medical facilities are being improved by concepts such as floating-boat hospitals for the local population, satellite clinics, usable with mobile phone apps, preventive and disease surveillance, and educational programs. Findings: These concepts overcome multiple challenges and bear numerous opportunities for the needs in remote areas and can act as a role-model beyond developing countries. Conclusion, Future Directions: Bangladesh has great potential when it comes to the implementation and further development of plastic reconstructive surgery, burn and wound care, and regenerative treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-16
Number of pages4
JournalBurns Open
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • Bangladesh
  • Burns
  • Female care/medicine
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Plastic
  • Reconstructive Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine


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