Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP)

Global launch of the World report on child injury prevention

The global launch of the World report on child injury prevention took place on 10 December 2008 in Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, in the presence of the WHO Assistant Director-General and high-level Vietnamese officials among others. The one-day event will featured statements from dignitaries in support of the report, a technical presentation of the report's findings and recommendations and panel presentations on select national child injury prevention efforts and next steps on the global agenda. Participants included some of the world's leading injury prevention experts; representatives of governments, international agencies, and nongovernmental organizations; and print and broadcast journalists from the region.

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Opening statements

Opening statement from Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General

The report sets out the best available research, evidence, and advice about what works to prevent childhood deaths and disabilities from injuries. Evidence is the solid starting point. What we need now is action on two fronts:
First, we need to integrate these proven preventive measures into existing programmes and agendas for child survival. This is the best route to widespread implementation. Second, as part of efforts to strengthen health systems, we need to ensure that health services for children are better able to manage the consequences of injuries, including broken limbs, burns, poisoning, mental trauma, and long-term disability. Doing so will allow more children to thrive as they survive.

Opening statement from Dr Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director

The report tells us that injuries are the leading cause of death for children over 9 years old. Some 95% of child injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries. The report describes what governments, communities and families can do to help keep children safe. Simple measures like wearing helmets, putting fences around swimming pools and ponds, establishing poison control centres and teaching children to play in safe locations can help safe young lives. Child injuries can and must be prevented. This report is an important step in that direction and it's up to all of us to keep the world's children safe.

Speech from Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Assistant Director-General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health

Child injury prevention is a responsibility shared by many government ministries - health, education, transport, environment, consumer safety and law enforcement among others. The health sector has a leading role to play, particularly with regard to collecting and analyzing data; carrying out research on risk factors; implementing, monitoring and evaluating interventions; delivering appropriate primary, secondary and tertiary care and campaigning for greater attention to the issue.

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