Violence and Injury Prevention

Statements


Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General

Once children reach the age of nine, the biggest threat to their survival comes from unintentional injuries. These injuries have a number of causes. Among the leading causes are road traffic crashes, drowning, burns, falls, and poisonings. Nearly all of these injuries could have been prevented. The price of failure is high. On current estimates, unintentional injuries claim the lives of around 830 000 children worldwide every year. For children who survive an injury, many will suffer long-lasting, if not permanent, disabilities.

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Dr Ileana Arias, Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Keeping children safe is a universal priority. Yet each year millions of children are affected by unintentional injuries, which can result in disability, hospitalization, and even death. CDC's Injury Center is committed to raising awareness about what research shows – that there are steps governments, organizations, communities, and individuals can take to reduce the enormous burden of childhood injury. By keeping our children safe and secure, we can help them live to their fullest potential.

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Dr Martin Eichelberger, Founder and Director, Safe Kids Worldwide

The WHO World report on child injury prevention provides a call to action to prevent injury to children worldwide. The solutions are low cost and require simple technology. We must act now to eliminate death to children from preventable injury in all nations. Safe Kids Worldwide is committed to this global initiative to save the lives of children.

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Dr Adnan Hyder, President, International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention

The World report on child injury prevention highlights the urgent need to address gaps in our knowledge base to understand, control, and prevent child and adolescent injuries. Research that examines ways to decrease exposure, mitigate risks, and promote safer interventions is needed worldwide, and especially in low- and middle-income countries. Paediatric injury research is a global imperative and we hope that this report will inspire a new era of support, capacity development and utilization of research findings.

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Dr Olive Kobusingye, Regional Advisor Injuries and Violence Prevention, WHO Regional Office for Africa

The World report on child injury prevention is going to be very important for the African region for many reasons. While Africa has put in great resources in preventing all kinds of child diseases, these efforts have been largely blind to conditions that kill more than a quarter of a million African children and leave several fold more disabled and in need of health care: that is injuries.

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Dr Elizabeth Mason, Director, WHO Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development

WHO's Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development welcomes the newly published World report on child injury prevention.Preventing injuries is important for the wider issue of child survival and for the improvement of child health globally. As stated in the report, multi-pronged injury prevention programmes need to be integrated into existing child health strategies, and ministries of health play a pivotal role, even if prevention programmes are formally the responsibility of another ministry.

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Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith, Chair, Monash University Accident Research Centre

The World report on child injury prevention addresses child injuries in a very important way: it identifies the problem across all of the major causes and provides best practice solutions to the problems. It took approximately 30 years to halve the child injury death rates in high income countries; it should not take this length of time if appropriate messages are transferred and implemented in low- and middle-income countries. The report is very timely as most countries have now recognized child injury is one of their most important health problems.

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Ambassador “Pete” Petersen, Co-Founder, The Alliance for Safe Children

We have long known that injury is not well counted outside high-income countries with their well-developed death registration and certification systems. This report makes it clear that we need to count these events better, as they are the leading cause of child death after infancy and equally important, we need to work to prevent them with the same intensity and commitment as other causes of child death and disability.

Dr Wim Rogmans, Secretary General, Eurosafe

One of the greatest lessons we have learned in the European region in addressing child injuries, is that it's important to ensure there is proper legislation for consumer products, for the safety of houses and a proper mechanism for ensuring the safety in neighbourhoods and communities in order to avoid drowning, exposure to toxic products and to make sure parents use the right nursery products. This legislation needs to be enforced very severely by the national authorities.

Professor Sebastian van As, President, Childsafe South Africa

Childhood injury is one of the greatest challenges in present and future global health care, particularly in Africa; this timely publication of the World report on child injury prevention makes a significant contribution to promoting child safety and mitigating child trauma.

Joanne Vincenten, Director, European Child Safety Alliance, Eurosafe

The European Child Safety Alliance fully supports the recommendations of the World report on child injury prevention, as Europe is a region that has some of the world's highest and lowest child injury rates. This report reflects the goals that the Alliance, as a growing network of 32 countries, is striving to achieve through joint work to advocate for the adoption, implementation and evaluation of proven good practices in child injury prevention in the European setting. It is hoped that the work in Europe will also support efforts in other parts of the world.

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