The 9th Asia-Pacific Burn Congress will take place in Hanoi from April 3-5, said Major General Le Nam, Director of the Vietnam National Institute of Burns at a press briefing on March 27.

Themed “ Challenges in Total Burn Care,” the event is expected to draw the participation of 600 delegates, including 300 leading regional and international experts on burns, wound healing and plastic surgery.

Participants will hear 127 reports, focusing on burn epidemiology, emergency aid for burn disasters, new advances in burn treatment, skin alternative materials, rehabilitation and plastic surgery for burn patients.

Organisers said the biennial congress will offer a chance for Vietnamese and international scientists to exchange and update knowledge as well as strengthen their mutual understanding.

Through the event, Vietnam will introduce its burn treatment achievements and affirm its role as a member of the Asia-Pacific Burn Association.

As a leader in burn treatment in the country, the Vietnam National Institute of Burns, also known as the Le Huu Trac National Institute of Burns, treats thousands of patients a year.

It has successfully treated the patients with more than 90 percent of body burnt, reducing the fatality rate to 1.5 percent.

In 2011, the institute’s method of applying microsurgery on deep burns was recognised by the Ministry of Health as one of the top 10 medical and pharmaceutical achievements of Vietnam.-VNA