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[Perspectives] Tom Potokar—helping burns climb up the international agenda

Tom Potokar was inspired to be a doctor after watching a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) documentary on Vietnamese boat people in the 1970s. Today, he is a consultant in burn injuries at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, Wales, and Director of Interburns (International Network for Training, Education and Research in Burns), a non-profit agency aiming to improve burns care and prevention in low-income countries, where most global burn injuries occur. According to Richard Nnabuko, President of the Pan African Burn Society, Enugu, Nigeria, “Tom has a passion for the burn victims of the low and middle-income countries of Africa and southeast Asia and for training dedicated men and women from these areas.”