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GLOBAL BURDEN OF DISEASE

The Global Burden of Disease injury expert group is seeking collaborators to improve estimates of the global burden of injuries, in particular, to contribute by providing appropriate access to relevant injury data sources. The group notes that reliable estimates of the incidence and burden of injuries are essential inputs for prioritising prevention strategies. While population based injury surveillance systems are obviously the best source for such information, it is also widely recognised that such infrastructure is unlikely to be established in most of the world for several decades. Thus, there is an urgent need for the global injury community to collaborate to build the methods and tools that can be used to derive reasonable estimates from a wide range of existing sources, including hospital records, police reports, health surveys, death registers, among many others. The data collected in the current effort will form the basis of the burden of injury estimates of the current update to the Global Burden …

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