PREVENTION - The Prevention of Accidental Injuries in Childhood
Injury is a major cause of death and disability. According to the World Health Organization 5.8 million people died worldwide from injury in 2000 and this figure is expected to rise to 8.4 million in the year 2020. In contrast to the significant progress made in controlling infectious diseases over the past decades, injuries have been less well contained as an epidemic and are even on the increase. For children between 1 and 14 years of age, injury is the leading cause of death and occurs at twice the rate of a death from cancer or eight times that of a respiratory related death (ECOSA, 2001).