WHO launches Global Alliance for Care of the Injured (GACI)
Every year, over five million people die from road traffic crashes, violence, burns, falls, and other causes of injury. Millions more suffer lifelong disability and economic hardship associated with lost productivity. In low-income countries, people with life-threatening but survivable injuries are six times more likely to die (36% mortality) than in high-income settings (6% mortality).
In an effort to diminish such inequalities and to improve care of the injured globally, WHO launched the Global Alliance for Care of the Injured (GACI). The launch event, which was organized in the context of the 66th World Health Assembly by the Governments of Romania, Brazil, Mozambique and Thailand and the WHO Secretariat, convened around 200 World Health Assembly delegates from countries in all regions of the world.
GACI is a network of governmental and intergovernmental organizations as well as nongovernmental organizations, including professional societies, working internationally, which collaborate to improve care for the injured across the spectrum of pre-hospital and hospital care and rehabilitation of the injured.
GACI currently has 12 members:
- Aga Khan University
- African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM)
- American Association for Surgery of Trauma (AAST)
- American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT)
- AO Foundation*
- Bone and Joint Decade (BJD)*
- International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC)*
- International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM)
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Pan American Trauma Society (SPT)
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)*
GACI’s vision is to provide guidance and support to governments to significantly improve care of the injured in a sustainable and affordable manner through systematic provision of essential trauma services. These services should be available to every injured person in any location without regard to their personal characteristics or ability to pay. The aim is to save millions of lives and minimize the devastating consequences of injuries by strengthening trauma care systems.