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We believe that one important reason for the low priority assigned to national safety programs in low and middle income countries (LMICs) is that reliable estimates of the burden of injuries are not available. Although official government statistics in many LMICs are sometimes available, most researchers agree that injuries are grossly under-reported. The development of traditional injury surveillance infrastructure to remedy these shortcomings is prohibitively expensive. However, one efficient way to rapidly improve the availability of injury statistics is to make creative use of non-traditional information sources. In this essay, we illustrate this approach for Ghana, where Salifu et al1 have shown substantial under-reporting of injuries in official statistics. We describe the existing data infrastructure and suggest incremental changes that could substantially improve knowledge of injury statistics in Ghana.
In most developed countries, vital registration (VR) systems provide reliable information on the causes of most deaths and thus are the most common source of national cause-of-death statistics. Unfortunately, in most of the developing world, VR coverage is so low that the data are never used for traditional cause-of-death analysis.2 Nevertheless, VR systems do operate in the towns and …
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