Therapeutic uses of honey and honeybee larvae in central Burkina Faso.
ABSTRACT The therapeutic uses of hive-derived products by local people in four zones from the central part of Burkina Faso are described. Of 13 apitherapeutic applications recorded, only honey (12) and honeybee larvae (1) were used. The uses described included treatment of various gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory ailments, fatigue, vertigo, ophthalmic disorders, toothache, measles, wounds, burns, chest pains, period pains and postnatal disorders, male impotence as well as its application as a skin cleansing agent. The effectiveness against some of these conditions, e.g. measles, period pains and postnatal disorders, requires further investigation and confirmation.
Article: Optimizing burn treatment in developing low- and middle-income countries with limited health care resources (part 1).[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In developing countries burn injuries are much more common than in the USA and Europe or other affluent developed countries, due to poverty, overcrowding, and illiteracy, and are associated with higher mortality rates. The high incidence makes burns an endemic health hazard in these countries. Over 90% of burn-related fatalities occur in developing or low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with south-east Asia alone accounting for over half of fire-related deaths. Management of burns and their sequelae even in the well-equipped, modern burn units of advanced affluent societies remains demanding despite advances in surgical techniques and development of tissue-engineered biomaterials available to these burn centres. Undoubtedly, in a developing country with limited resources and inaccessibility to sophisticated skills and technologies, management of burns constitutes a major challenge. The present review of the literature analyses the challenges facing burn management in LMICs and explores probable modalities to optimize burn management in these countries. The review will be published in three parts. Part I will present the epidemiology of burn injuries and challenges for management in LMICs. Part II will be about management of burn injuries in LMICs and Part III will discuss strategies for proper prevention and burn care in LMICs.Annals of burns and fire disasters. 09/2009; 22(3):121-5.