World report on child injury prevention says road crashes are a leading cause of child deaths
The World report on child injury prevention, jointly prepared by WHO and UNICEF, focuses on unintentional injuries to children under the age of 18 years, specifically those related to road traffic crashes, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning. The report provides seven recommendations, which governments and practitioners should consider when addressing child injuries. It suggests that if a handful of specific low-cost interventions, such as child restraints, helmets, smoke alarms, pool fencing were employed around the world, more than 1000 children's lives could be saved ever day. The reports calls for injuries to be integrated into other child health and development programs and for countries to focus more attention on a problem that kills more than 830,000 children every year.