Naiem S. Moiemen, MD, FRCS (Plast.)
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am immensely honoured to work with you as President of our society. The International Society for Burn Injury (ISBI), since its foundation 60 years ago, has prospered by the commitment and wisdom of our past Presidents. Now we have over 1200 members from more than 95 countries in all continents, with allied health professionals playing a major role in every aspect of our society activities.
Sharing knowledge is our mission. It was our visionary leaders who launched the journal BURNS in September 1974, to promote education, disseminate knowledge and improve patient care. Now the journal thrives, and a sister journal, BURNS OPEN was launched last year creating more opportunity for our young researchers to publish their work. Thanks to our editors, Dr Steven Wolf and Dr David Greenhalgh, the journal's board, reviewers and more importantly the authors, both journals have been flourishing. I should also acknowledge our publisher Elsevier, whose support has enabled us to generate educational grants to further our mission of knowledge dissemination and burn prevention.
The concept "One World, One Standard of Burn Care" was introduced by Past-President Dr David Mackie in Edinburgh 2012, and the Guidelines project was started by Past-President Dr Rajeev Ahuja, with the first part being published in 2016. The Guidelines project has been a tremendous leap towards achieving our goal of "One World, One Standard of Burn Care". Dr William Cioffi, our immediate Past-President, has completed the guideline mission by publishing the second part of the guidelines in time for the Delhi Congress. Dr William Cioffi has also established stronger ISBI links with the WHO and the Middle East and China, to affirm our goal of consolidating global engagement in burn care and disaster management. During the last year, the ISBI collaborated with the World Health Organization - Emergency Management Team (WHO-EMT) and Interburns to produce a consensus document for the "minimum standards for burns care in mass casualty incidents and humanitarian emergencies". This project will help in establishing properly structured and well-resourced Emergency Burn Teams, appropriately trained through a standardized WHO training program and ready to be deployed to disaster zones anywhere in the world.