Burns are the forgotten – but solvable - global health crisis. More school-aged children die of fires each year than of tuberculosis or malaria, and a staggering 95% of severe burns happen in developing countries where open fires for cooking, heating and lighting are commonplace. Without immediate access to adequate burn care, injuries are left to heal by themselves, creating a permanent tightening, or contracture, of the skin. This can severely limit mobility and function, as well as disfigure the child in ways unimaginable in developed nations. For example, a burned foot may attach to the shin as the wound "heals" and the skin contracts, consequently eliminating the ability to walk. Untreated burns leave children egregiously debilitated. Investing in burn care in the developing world not only dramatically changes the lives of burn survivors, but it also has an enormous economic impact. Worldwide, severe burns cause disabilities that cost $80.2 billion a year in lost productivity (wages and skills) alone; medical expenses would add millions more to these already struggling economies.