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publication of WHO/UNICEF Global Report on Child Accidental Injuries

Dr Etienne Krug, Director, WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention
Prof Elizabeth Towner, Professor of Child Health at the Centre for Child & Adolescent Health, University of the West of England

This briefing was run in collaboration with the World Health Organisation to launch a report which represents the first global assessment of accidental injuries affecting children; a significant number of children are killed each year by such injuries, and non-fatal injuries can have far-reaching consequences, often leaving children with lifelong disabilities. The report presents a comprehensive analysis of the situation worldwide, ranks the leading causes of deaths, evaluates which prevention measures work and which don’t and outlines recommendations that will save lives and prevent unnecessary suffering. Experts involved in the report presented their findings in these areas, and discussed how the UK compares to other countries and how it is performing on preventing these accidents.

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