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 wellresearched information and public awareness regarding the magnitude of the problem aswell as a shortage of reliable and systematically collected data. Deaths due to injuries andviolence are often under-reported or not reported at all.2. Injuries are social problems with major public health implications in both developedand developing countries. Injuries represent 11% of the global mortality rate and 13% ofall disability-adjusted life years lost. In the year 2000, in the African Region alone, anestimated 725,000 people died as a result of injuries, accounting for 7% of all deaths inAfrica and 15% of worldwide injury-related deaths.3. The health, economic and social impacts of injury and violence are more significantin poor countries and for disadvantaged populations. Injuries may lead to poverty, andpoverty is a risk factor for injury and violence. In the African Region, road trafficaccidents, conflicts and interpersonal violence are the leading causes of mortality anddisability 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. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/2036
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