Profile of injury surveillance systems in the Member States of the Asia-Pacific Region
AbstractInjury and deaths due to it have emerged as a major public health problem globally. In recent years, every day almost 16 000 people around the world die from all types of injuries. Injuries represent about 10% of deaths from all causes worldwide. In 2004, the World Health Organization reported that around 50% of deaths due to injury occurred in countries of the South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions, which together have more than a third of the world's population. As such, these two Regions account for the highest number of deaths from injuries worldwide. In 2004, injuries ranked fifth among all causes of death for the South-East Asia Region with 1.5 million deaths reported. Injury surveillance is the process of systematically collecting, analysing, interpreting and disseminating data to those responsible for the prevention and control of injuries. Injury prevention and control is multisectoral, and collaboration among agencies and sectors can be facilitated by surveillance systems that keep partners appropriately informed. This publication is the first-ever report on existing injury surveillance systems in the Member States of the two WHO regions in the Asia-Pacific.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Profile of injury surveillance systems in the Member States of the Asia-Pacific Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205662