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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Marla Ruzicka, founder of Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), died in April in an Iraq car bomb blast. She had been in Iraq conducting injury epidemiology—door to door surveys—trying to determine more accurately the number of civilian casualties in the country. Ms Ruzicka founded CIVIC in 2003 and was instrumental in securing millions of dollars in aid money from the US federal government for distribution in Iraq. It was a paradoxical and ironic goal of hers to make wars safe, but until we find more effective ways to stop them from happening, the need for people with Marla’s vision and energy is clear.
WHO MEETING ON CHILD INJURY PREVENTION
The World Health Organization hosted an historic consultation meeting on child injury prevention from 31 March to 1 April 2005. Staff from four WHO headquarter departments, as well as four regional advisors and four UNICEF staff, met with 28 other delegates from international and regional child injury prevention organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and donors. The goal of the meeting was to develop a draft WHO strategy for global child injury prevention and begin planning a world report on child injury prevention. The meeting discussed the current situation of child injury globally; potential areas for effort and collaboration; a WHO strategy for child injury prevention; and the rationale, concepts, and process for developing a world report on child injury prevention. In her opening speech Dr Catherine Le Galès-Camus, Assistant Director General of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO, said that it was an important meeting and the first of its kind to "bring together, at a global level, agencies with an interest in child injury prevention to discuss what is being done and to consider some positive directions on what might be done in preventing these injuries and …
Contributors to these News and notes include Ian Scott, Adnan Hyder, Anna Cronin de Chavez, Peter Jacobsen, and Barry Pless. Michael Hayes has edited the contributions. Items for future issues, including calendar entries, should be sent to Michael Hayes at the Child Accident Prevention Trust, 22–26 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AJ, UK, fax +44 (0)20 7608 3674, emailas soon as possible.