Burn injuries are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in Uganda but have received little attention. They are common since most households use unprotected ground level open fires or charcoal stoves for cooking and heating. Women and children are more often victims of burns than men due to the fact that in most Ugandan households, women are responsible for food preparation. Children often play unattended around the fire .
Khingi further says that Mulago Hospital, the major referral hospital in Uganda gets about 350 patients with burn injuries every year, of whom half are children below five years of age .