Violence and Injury Prevention

Child injuries


Child injuries are a global public health problem. According to WHO Global Burden of Disease data, in 2002, over 700 000 children under the age of 15 were killed by an injury. Injuries are the leading cause of death for children after their first birthday. There is also high morbidity associated with childhood injuries: for every injured child who dies, there are several thousand children who live on with varying degrees of disability. A large proportion of these injuries (for example, falls, burns, drowning) occur in either the home or in leisure environments.


  • A global call to action
    WHO and UNICEF are scaling up their work in the area of child and adolescent injury prevention. This document calls on the international community to take action.

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