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Global Alliance for Care of the Injured
  1. M Joshipura
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Joshipura, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, World Health Organization, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland; joshipuram{at}

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Many people are working hard, often in the face of considerable difficulties, to create innovative solutions for improving trauma care in their countries. Their efforts received notable support in 2007 when the World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted WHA Resolution 60.22 on trauma and emergency care services.1 2 The Resolution, which calls for increased attention to the issue by Member States and the WHO, recommends several concrete steps that could be taken to strengthen trauma care globally.

During the debate of this WHA Resolution 60.22, 27 governments spoke in support of its adoption, underlining the importance of the issue for their countries. Many highlighted the growing burden of injuries and violence and the challenge to develop adequate responses in low-resource settings. Others drew attention to the role of the international community, noting in particular WHO's contribution to the development of guidelines and compilation and sharing of best practices. Many noted that the issue needs to be placed higher on the agenda of development agencies.

To better promote the low-cost and sustainable improvements …

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