Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In this month's Bulletin

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2009;87:325-325. doi: 10.2471/BLT.09.000509

This month’s special theme is childhood injuries and violence. In an editorial, Charles Mock et al. (326) provide an overview of the global situation. In a second editorial, Shanthi Ameratunga et al. (327) discuss how early initiation of rehabilitation can reduce acute health-care costs and prevent disability in injured children.

In an interview, Wim Rogmans, general secretary of the European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (EuroSafe), (334–335) discusses the dangers children face in everyday life and ways to minimize risks.

Czech Republic: Preventing burns

Alexander Martin Čelko et al. (374–381) assess risk factors for burn injuries and suggest preventive measures.

Israel: Patterns of violence

Michael Rozenfeld & Kobi Peleg (362–368) study the extent of violence-related injuries to children.

Viet Nam: Why are children not wearing helmets?

Aaron Pervin et al. (369–373) explore reasons why many parents do not put motorcycle helmets on their children.

Jordan: Child maltreatment comes out

Dale Gavlak (333–334) reports on how a child protection centre in Jordan is serving as a model for other child safety and welfare programmes in the region.

Brazil: Key factors affecting mental health

Isabel A Bordin et al. (336–344) find that severe punishment may be related to child mental health problems.

Australia: Fragile brain, handle with care

Jonathan Dart & Sarah Cumberland (331–332) report on a form of child abuse that is not instantly recognizable but has dire consequences.

Swaziland: Facing up to sexual abuse

Mantoe Phakathi (328–329) reports on efforts to acknowledge and deal with the problem of child sexual abuse.

Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt & Pakistan: An insight into childhood injuries

Adnan A Hyder et al. (345–352) explore the risk factors for unintentional injuries in children aged less than 11 years.

Democratic Republic of the Congo & Uganda: Healing child soldiers

Gary Humphreys (330–331) reports on the struggle to repair the psychological and physical damage caused to children involved in armed conflict.

Children have special needs

Charles Mock et al. (382–389) call for greater emphasis on trauma care for injured children.

Research lacking

Christopher Mikton & Alexander Butchart (353–361) review recent evidence on child maltreatment interventions.

A recipe for preventing injuries

In a round table discussion (395–401), Ivan Barry Pless reflects on what is needed worldwide to prevent injuries in children. Shanthi Ameratunga, Joan Ozanne-Smith and Ian Roberts debate this issue.

Public health classic

Carol W Runyan & Susan P Baker (402–403) review a paper by William Haddon published in 1973 that presents a way to prevent injuries by analyzing the forces that cause them.

Shift from infectious diseases to injury

Alison Harvey et al. (390–394) propose ways to integrate injury prevention into child health policies.