Injury Prevention and Control in the African Region: current situation and agenda for action: report of the Regional Director
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Abstractdeserved as major health problems. This lack of attention was mainly due to a lack of well researched information and public awareness regarding the magnitude of the problem as well as a shortage of reliable and systematically collected data. Deaths due to injuries and violence are often under-reported or not reported at all. 2. Injuries are social problems with major public health implications in both developed and developing countries. Injuries represent 11% of the global mortality rate and 13% of all disability-adjusted life years lost. In the year 2000, in the African Region alone, an estimated 725,000 people died as a result of injuries, accounting for 7% of all deaths in Africa and 15% of worldwide injury-related deaths. 3. The health, economic and social impacts of injury and violence are more significant in poor countries and for disadvantaged populations. Injuries may lead to poverty, and poverty is a risk factor for injury and violence. In the African Region, road traffic accidents, conflicts and interpersonal violence are the leading causes of mortality and disability related to injuries.
Regional Committee for Africa, 53. (2011). Injury Prevention and Control in the African Region: current situation and agenda for action: report of the Regional Director. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/2036
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