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Title: INJURIES IN EUROPE : A CALL FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION
Other Titles: An update using the 2011 WHO Global Health Estimates
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: WHO Regional Office for Europe
Place of publication: Copenhagen
Abstract: The WHO Global Health Estimates show that 555 000 deaths occurred in the WHO European Region due to injuries and violence in 2011, representing a decline of 26% from 2000. Injuries account for 6.1% of all deaths and are the leading cause of death in people aged 5-49 years. The three leading causes of injury deaths are self-directed violence (123 000), road traffic injuries (92 000) and falls (78 000). There are inequalities in injury deaths in the Region: mortality rates are 2.7 times higher in males than in females and 2.4 times higher in low- and middle-income countries compared to high-income countries. When all ages are considered, there has been a convergence in mortality since 2000 between low- and middle-income countries and high-income countries; however this gap has widened for children aged less than 15 years. Public health action is needed to reduce inequalities in injuries in the Region.
Keywords: WOUND AND INJURIES
Subject: Violence
Public Policy
Europe
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/130033
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