Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) WHO Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

TBIs are a leading cause of deaths, hospitalizations, disabilities and socio-economic losses. In India, it is estimated that nearly 500,000 deaths are due to TBIs and 4-5million disabled persons need rehabilitation services following a brain injury every year. Amongst the several causes of TBIs, road traffic injuries are the leading cause followed by falls and violence as in many Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).  

In the area of TBIs, the CC has focused on epidemiological and public health research (burden and impact), external causes,  behavioral risk factors for RTIs, emergency care and trauma care issues and disability assessment over the past few years. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods have been adopted to understand the multi-factorial dimensions of TBIs. Several inputs to policies and programmes have been facilitated and implemented like reintroduction of helmet legislation, programme to address drinking and driving, improving safety on highways, development of first aid care programmes and rehabilitation programmes.