Although our services are based in Taiwan, Sunshine also aims to transfer its knowledge and know-how accumulated over 30 years to help its counterparts in other countries striving to provide quality physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services to burn survivors and people with facial disfigurement.
Sharing burn rehabilitation and prevention know-how
According to the World Health Organization Burn Injury Fact Sheet, fire-related burns were responsible for over 320,000 deaths worldwide, the vast majority occurring in low or middle income countries. An even greater number of people become disfigured or disabled due to burns and resulting complications. Poverty is not only linked to high incidence of burns, but it is also a factor that limits access to proper burn care, either because patients do not have the means to seek care, or because adequate care is simply not available.
Sunshine hopes to make a contribution towards addressing the global problem of burns. By sharing with international colleagues our burn rehabilitation and prevention expertise during international conferences or through specific knowledge transfer cooperation projects, we aim to give our partners the tools and knowledge to help burn survivors in their country have access to quality rehabilitation care.
Skilled and knowledgeable burn rehabilitation professionals can help improve services for burn survivors. Sunshine Foundation helps like-minded organizations in other countries by training burn rehabilitation professionals during workshops and trainings held in our partners' country, or during internships held in Taiwan. Training maximizes impact: One burn professional trained can then apply new skills to improve the physical and psychosocial outcome of many burn survivors.
Training directly benefits burn professionals and their organization: Staff gains skills and knowledge, their confidence increases, they provide more effective care, their motivation and the satisfaction they get from work is enhanced. Overall, burn rehabilitation services of the organization are improved. Training eventually benefits burn survivors: Through better care, complications from burns are reduced, burn survivors have a better chance of living a full, active, and independent life.