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WHO launches guide to fatal injury data collection
  1. Joan Ozanne-Smith1,
  2. Kidist K Bartolomeos2,
  3. Margie M Peden2
  1. 1Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2Department for Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Kidist K Bartolomeos, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland; bartolomeosk{at}

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A new WHO resource document entitled Fatal injury surveillance in mortuaries and hospitals: a manual for practitioners1 was launched in October 2012 at the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in Wellington, New Zealand.

Fatal injury data are recognised as important to the understanding, reporting on, monitoring and prevention of deaths from injury and violence. Yet only 34 countries (18% of WHO member states) produce high-quality cause of death data that include complete and reliable information on external causes.1 In addition, countries with good vital registration systems often lack the detailed information on fatal injuries necessary to inform injury and violence prevention strategies.

The new fatal injury surveillance manual follows in a series of normative …

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