|Session title||Trauma and Injury
(Preventing Trauma, Injuries & Violence – an implementation challenge)
|Hosts||Makerere University School of Public Health|
|Session objectives||To highlight the burden of injuries and violence, the multi-dimensional nature of the problem, and to emphasize the urgency and need for a concerted multi-sectoral response, especially implementation challenges.|
|Session abstract||Every year more than 5 million people die as a result of an injury. Injuries such as those resulting from violence, road traffic crashes, burns, drowning, falls, and poisonings are responsible for 9% of global deaths, and the loss of 12% of health life years worldwide. Injuries and violence have immeasurable impact on the families and communities affected, whose lives are often changed irrevocably by these tragedies. Africa has been particularly impacted by violence and injuries, as it has some of the highest rates – such as drowning, road traffic crashes, and burns.
Injuries and violence have been neglected from the global health agenda for many years, despite being predictable and largely preventable. Evidence from many countries shows that dramatic successes in preventing injuries and violence can be achieved through the concerted efforts of multiple sectors including health, education, transport, policing, engineering, and community development. Unfortunately, many countries in Africa still lag behind in the implementation of these proven interventions. The international community needs to work with governments and civil society around the world to implement these proven measures and reduce the unnecessary loss of life that occurs each day as a result of injuries and violence.
|Session Format||Panel Discussion 18|
|Dr. Etienne Krug||Director, Violence and Injury Prevention,
World Health Organization
+ 41 22 791 3535/2881
|Adnan Hyder||Senior Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Global Health,
|Prof. Kopano Ratele||Professor, Violence, Injury, and Peace Research Unit, UNISA and Medical research Council South Africa.||Kopano.Ratele@mrc.ac.za||confirmed|
|Olive Kobusingye (Moderator)||Senior Research Fellow, Makerere University & Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute, Sydney, Australia||+256 772 433141 email@example.com||Confirmed|
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