Injection safety

Safe Injection Global Network: Advocacy booklet

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Number of pages: 25
Publication date: 2011

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Introduction

Unsafe injection practices are an international issue. With an estimated 16 thousand million injections administered annually in developing and transitional countries alone, the importance of promoting safe injection practices is unprecedented. Over the past few decades failures to follow safe injection practices have burdened many developing as well as developed countries with outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Although the exact global burden of disease resulting from unsafe injections is difficult to measure, 40% of all injections are believed to be unsafe while in some countries the proportion is as high as 70%. Globally, approximately 3-4 injections per person per year are administered. As such, the danger of contaminated needles and syringes put thousands of millions of people at risk of contracting bloodborne pathogens including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).