Health
 Taiwan
Project #12976

Give burn survivors access to rehabilitation

by Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation
Award ceremony for PCVC staff
Award ceremony for PCVC staff

Helping burn rehabilitation specialists in India 9

Sunshine Foundation initiated a three-year cooperation project in 2013 in Chennai, India to help a local organization set up a Care Center for women burn survivors. By training their staff in Chennai and holding internships for them in Taiwan, we are helping this local organization address an unmet need: provide comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services for women burn survivors after hospital discharge.

In April 2013, Sunshine Foundation launched a capacity building cooperation project in India. Over a three-year period, Sunshine has provided technical support to International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC), a Chennai-based NGO working in the field of victim care and prevention of gender violence, for the establishment of a Recovery and Healing Center for women burn survivors. 

Between November 23 and December 9 2015, the CEO of Sunshine Ms. Ching-Hsien SHU and a team of specialists from the foundation carried out a site visit in Chennai to assess the impact of the project, as well as organize a graduation ceremony to recognize the efforts of the PCVC staff over the last three years. Indeed, PCVC’s Recovery and Healing Center is one of a kind by offering to over 500 women burn survivors in and around Chennai access to comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services following hospital discharge.

The staff of PCVC, who are all women themselves, had to face many challenges to achieve this impact. They work with women burn survivors who mostly come from a complex disadvantaged socio-economic background, and the staff must deal on a daily basis with a variety of problems and issues: reaching clients in remote areas, gaps between rural and urban environment, lack of medical resources, clients’ recurring medical or financial problems, etc. But the biggest challenge comes from how society traditionally undervalues women and girls, how domestic violence against women is seen as a given, and how women burn survivors have internalized this, thus affecting their ability and willingness to seek help. PCVC is not only healing burn wounds, it is also helping women burn survivors see their self-worth.

With the technical support of Sunshine, PCVC has put in place a comprehensive service system to help women burn survivors have access to individualized physical rehabilitation, wound care, psychological counseling and social reintegration services. In the process, PCVC staff helps these women rebuild confidence and empower them to face their future. The award ceremony aimed to recognize the role of the women working at PCVC as leaders, caregivers, healers, nurturers, trailblazers and role-models.

The CEO and founder of PCVC Dr. Prasanna Gettu explained that although the three-year project has ended, she hopes the partnership with Sunshine will continue in order to further strengthen and expand the Center’s services. The CEO of Sunshine Ms. Ching-Hsien SHU has said that within a short three-year period, the Center has become a place where women burn survivors can concentrate on regaining their health and rebuilding their lives, all while progressively reintegrating the community. Sunshine is looking forward to continue working with the PCVC team by sharing experience in building community-based burn rehabilitation services.

Your support over the last three years has ensured the success of this project. We hope that you will continue to support us as we continue to work with our local partner to improve the lives of Indian women burn survivors.

Examining hands
Examining hands

Helping burn rehabilitation specialists in India 8

Sunshine Foundation initiated a three-year cooperation project in 2013 in Chennai, India to help a local organization set up a Care Center for women burn survivors. By training their staff in Chennai and holding internships for them in Taiwan, we are helping this local organization address an unmet need: provide comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services for women burn survivors after hospital discharge.

From November 23 to December 5, 2015, the Sunshine team visited its partner in Chennai, the International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC), to assess the impact of the professional training and technical support given in 2015. During this two-week visit, Karen HSIAO, Supervisor and Head of the Rehabilitation Team of Sunshine’s Taipei Rehabilitation Center, spent time with PCVC’s therapist to specifically work on improving hand rehabilitation skills.

For a burn survivor, regaining the use of hands is about regaining the ability to live independently and not have to rely on anyone to eat, shower, work, etc. During this site visit, Sunshine saw quite a few cases of burned hands which, if left unaddressed, would severely compromise the ability of these women burn survivors to care for one’s children and return to their normal life. That is why Karen particularly focused on helping PCVC’s physiotherapist Suba get a better handle on hand rehabilitation.

During two weeks, Karen worked with Suba, explaining how to examine hand functions, recommending appropriate exercises, but most importantly, teaching how to make splints, which can help prevent or correct deformities. This was the first time that Suba made splints, starting with a simple finger gutter, and moving on to more complex splint models. Although she found it difficult at first, Suba is confident that with practice, she will be able to improve her splint-making skills.

One of the women for which splints were made is S.* Due to a severe burn, she is totally unbale to use her left hand. After demonstrating how to gently massage the hand and do stretch exercises, as well as carry out desensitization exercises to reduce hypersensitivity of the hand, Karen also recommended a splint regimen for S which included wearing a finger gutter to maintain fingers in the correct position and using a dynamic splint to achieve joint flexion. Karen then proceeded to demonstrate the fabrication process to Suba, allowing her to practice at the same time. S was very happy to receive her splints, which bring her closer to regaining hand function, and Suba was quite please with her first splint-making attempt.

Combined with the right knowledge, application of these simple rehabilitation techniques can make a huge difference in these women's lives: the difference between being dependent on others for every aspect of their daily living, or being able to totally rely on oneself and live a normal life. Every time you support our project on GlobalGiving, you bring women burn survivors closer to fulfilling their rehabilitation goals!

* Name witheld to preserve identity of client.

Explaining how to correct deformity
Explaining how to correct deformity
Learning how to draw a splint pattern
Learning how to draw a splint pattern
Practicing making splints
Practicing making splints
The final product
The final product
Anandhi facing the camera confidently
Anandhi facing the camera confidently

Helping burn rehabilitation specialists in India 7

Sunshine Foundation initiated a three-year cooperation project in 2013 in Chennai, India to help a local organization set up a Care Center for women burn survivors. By training their staff in Chennai and holding internships for them in Taiwan, we are helping this local organization address an unmet need: provide comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services for women burn survivors after hospital discharge.

From August 10 to August 28 2015, Sunshine Foundation welcomed three interns from our partner in Chennai, the International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC). During three weeks, Sajitha (Social Worker Supervisor), Jayanthi (Welfare Officer) and Anandhi (Rehabilitation Assistant) attended theoretical courses and practical trainings, as well as observed the services of Sunshine Foundation.

One of the trainings that particularly resonated with Anandhi was on image enhancement, and more specifically skin camouflage. For burn survivors with visible scars, the process of accepting one’s changed appearance can be difficult. Since launching its image enhancement services in 2002, which include fashion consultation, social skills training and skin camouflage, Sunshine accompanies burn survivors on the road towards building self-confidence.

As a burn survivor who went from being a “client” of PCVC to joining as “staff” of PCVC, Anandhi is acutely aware of the process of adjustment that women burn survivors must go through when dealing with a changed appearance and she was able to immediately appreciate the potential of skin camouflage in helping the women she works with rebuild their self-confidence. Special makeup techniques and products not only help reduce the appearance of scars and skin discoloration, but can also help reshape lips or eyebrows affected by scars, thus reducing visible difference that can otherwise lead to anxiety and distress when having to face others.

During a two-day training, Sunshine staff explained the concept of image enhancement and allowed the PCVC team to experience the skin camouflage consultation process, with the first model being Anandhi herself. Under the guidance of Sunshine staff, Anandhi was able to try out skin camouflage techniques and see the result on herself. She was amazed that her burn scar suddenly became less visible: “It’s like I regained my former face, the one before the accident. I want to take back these techniques to India and help our women burn survivors also find their former face again.” When came time to take a picture, Anandhi, who usually turns her face sideways to hide her scar, instead confidently faced the camera.

Thanks to your support, Sunshine is able to continue providing trainings which introduce techniques that can be used to help women burn survivors rebuild their self-confidence. And now, during GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day on September 16, you have the chance to maximize the value of your support because GlobalGiving will be matching gifts made to Sunshine Foundation at 30%. This means that your donation of $100 will receive a $30 match!

We invite you to support Sunshine Foundation’s efforts to help improve burn rehabilitation services in low-middle income countries by donating to our project "Give burn survivors access to rehabilitation"

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/train-burn-rehabilitation-professionals/

Mark the Bonus Day date on your calendar!!! We encourage you to make your donation early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.

Taiwan time: from Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00 PM to Thursday, September 17 at 11:59 AM.
US time: from Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00 AM EST to Wednesday, September 16 at 11:59 PM EST

Anandhi practices skin camouflage techniques
Anandhi practices skin camouflage techniques
Practicing how to draw eyebrows
Practicing how to draw eyebrows
Feng-Yi and participants from Nepal and Bangladesh
Feng-Yi and participants from Nepal and Bangladesh

From March 15 to March 19, 2015, the first Advanced Burn Care Rehabilitation training course was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This five-day course, developed jointly by Sunshine Foundation (Taiwan) and Interburns (UK) and delivered in partnership with Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMC) and Acid Survivor Foundation (ASF), targeted 26 therapists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ghana and Tanzania. This comprehensive course covered the whole scope of burn physical rehabilitation, and featured lectures, practice, simulations and discussions. 

Feng-Yi HSIAO and Shih-Yuan HUNG from Sunshine’s Taipei Rehabilitation Center were two of the trainers and they delivered presentations on scar management, hand management, splinting and activities of daily living, as well as held related learning activities that allowed participants to put into practice principles learned in class. 

Since 2011, Sunshine Foundation has been organizing or participating in training and capacity building projects to improve the ability of burn professionals from low-middle income countries to deliver better care to burn survivors locally. As a supporter of our project “Give burn survivors access to rehabilitation” on GlobalGiving, you make these capacity building efforts possible.

Now, during GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day on July 15, you have the chance to maximize the value of your support because GlobalGiving will be matching gifts made to Sunshine Foundation at 30%. This means that your donation of $100 will receive a $30 match!

We invite you to support Sunshine Foundation’s efforts to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to burn survivors in Taiwan by donating to our project “Give burn survivors access to rehabilitation”. 

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/train-burn-rehabilitation-professionals/

Mark the Bonus Day date on your calendar!!!

Taiwan time: from Wednesday, July 15 at 9:00 PM to Thursday, July 16 at 11:59 AM.

US time: from Wednesday, July 15 at 9:00 AM EST to Wednesday, July 15 at 11:59 PM EST

On behalf of Sunshine Foundation and its international partners, a huge thank you for your support!

PS: We encourage you to make your donation early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.

 

Shih-Yuan explaining bandaging techniques
Shih-Yuan explaining bandaging techniques
Demonstrating bandaging techniques
Demonstrating bandaging techniques
Group discussion after simulation with patients
Group discussion after simulation with patients
Feng-Yi explains how to make a mouth splint
Feng-Yi explains how to make a mouth splint
Sunshine therapist explaining use of neck collar
Sunshine therapist explaining use of neck collar

Helping burn rehabilitation specialists in India 6

Sunshine Foundation initiated a three-year cooperation project in 2013 in Chennai, India to help a local organization set up a Care Center for women burn survivors. By training their staff in Chennai and holding internships for them in Taiwan, as well as providing continuous support through monthly SKYPE meetings, we are helping this local organization address an unmet need: provide comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services for women burn survivors after hospital discharge.

From March 9 to March 13, 2015, the Sunshine team visited its partner in Chennai, the International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC), to assess the impact of the professional training and technical support given in 2014. During this one-week visit, Hsiu-Hsiu TU, Director of Sunshine Half-Way House, as well as Shih-Yuan HUNG, Occupational Therapist at Sunshine Rehabilitation Center, observed activities of the Care Center, carried out discussions with staff and provided technical advice and recommendations.

During this time, Shih-Yuan worked very closely with Jayanthi, who came to Taiwan in 2014 to learn about wound care and scare care, as well as Ananthi who works as a physical rehabilitation assistant. Jayanthi and Ananthi are like the two guardian angels that care for women burn survivors staying at the Care Center. Every morning, they help women do wound care using techniques that Jayanthi learned in Taiwan during an intensive two-week training and that she has shared with Ananthi. By looking at before-after pictures of wounds, it became obvious that last year’s training and Jayanthi’s efforts have paid off by improving greatly the condition of women burn survivors and ensuring a better recovery. And thanks to Ananthi who closely monitors and assists women burn survivors in following the physical rehabilitation program prepared by a therapist, better physical outcomes are achieved.

Although Jayanthi and Ananthi are not burn professionals by training, they have a strong bond with PCVC and they are committed to their work of improving the lives of women burn survivors staying at the Care Center. This is why throughout the week, they have been willing to work with Shih-Yuan and step out of their comfort zone to learn or try things they never did before. This started out with Shih-Yuan organizing two small courses for the women burn survivors of the Care Center: one on wound care and pressure garments, the other on scar massage. Although Shih-Yuan supervised the courses, the real teachers were Jayanthi and Ananthi, who explained the principles of wound care, why pressure garments are necessary after burns, what is the proper way to massage scars, etc. As teachers, they also lead practice sessions with clients. Later, Shih-Yuan taught Jayanthi and Ananthi how to make simple splints for clients.

For Jayanthi and Ananthi, this was a week filled with many “firsts”: first time they used a Powerpoint to make a presentation about their work at the Care Center in front of everyone, first time they were teachers in a training course, first time they made splints. Initially, they were extremely nervous and fearful of making mistakes, but slowly, they began to feel more confident in their abilities and they also were able to see the progress they have made over the last year. As their skills and confidence grow, they become more empowered, and they will be able to continue improving the care they give to women burn survivors at the Care Center.

Helping women burn survivor to do exercises
Helping women burn survivor to do exercises
PCVC staff teach scar massage techniques
PCVC staff teach scar massage techniques
PCVC staff help client with wound care
PCVC staff help client with wound care
Neck collar made by PCVC staff
Neck collar made by PCVC staff
Finger splint made by PCVC staff
Finger splint made by PCVC staff

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Organization Information

Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation

Location: Taipei City - Taiwan
Website: http:/​/​www.sunshine.org.tw/​english/​
Project Leader:
Marie-Claude Pelchat
Taipei City, Taiwan