Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Injuries

Injuries are a leading cause of death, hospitalization, disability (ies) and socioeconomic losses in all countries of the world, more so in Low and middle Income countries like India.

Road Traffic Injuries, Falls, Burns, Drowning, Poisoning, Mechanical injuries in work places, Animal bites and Intentional injuries like Suicide, Deliberate Self Harm and Violence against children, women and elderly account for huge numbers of deaths and disabilities every year.

The outcomes of injuries are several ranging from death to disabilities. An injury can impact physical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of the affected individual and his/her family for short or long periods. The economic losses due to injuries in India are not known and are estimated to be around 5 % of GDP every year.

Global experience reveals that injuries are predictable and preventable. With implementation of evidence based and culture specific counter-measures through specific and integrated policies and programmes at different levels, it is possible to reduce the burden of injuries, thus saving lives.

In the past, centre has completed the situation analysis and the current burden of injuries in India and South East Asia.    

1. Injuries in South-East Asia – Cause for Concern and Call for Action (Report available from WHO – SEARO)

2. Strategic approaches to injury prevention and control in South – East Asia ( Report available from WHO – SEARO)

3. Injuries in India – A National perspective 

4. Injury and Violence in India - Facts and Figures