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Philippines Typhoon Update

Typhoon Haiyan, perhaps the most powerful of all time, struck 1 week before this was written in mid-November. The latest casualty figures and damage reports according to the national crisis management agency reveal 3976 confirmed deaths, 1598 missing and 18 175 injured. Relief agencies are active and lives are being saved. Clearly we cannot prevent typhoons but at some point we must ask what more can be done to reduce the injuries and deaths.

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Obituary: Dr Hugh Jackson OBE, founder of the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), died 5 October 2013.

Dr Jackson's unwavering commitment to child accident prevention and inspiration for parent groups, health and safety professionals and researchers was widely recognised. Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) named him ‘President for Life’. As stated in the blog, Hugh was an honorary editor of Injury Prevention and was instrumental in its founding. His account of the origins of CAPT is in our first issue. Links to obituaries in leading UK papers:

  • R Hugh Jackson obituary (The Times)

  • Hugh Jackson obituary (The Telegraph)

  • Hugh Jackson obituary (The Guardian)

Shanthi Ameratunga is the recipient of the Injury Prevention Network Te Manaia Leadership Award. This award recognises her outstanding commitment and contribution to the national injury prevention sector. The citation reads: “Shanthi has made an outstanding contribution to the injury prevention community, both in New Zealand and internationally, through her research and workforce development activities. She has achieved to the highest level in her academic career and has been passionately committed to training and stimulating the work of practitioners and future leaders in the field.” Professor Ameratunga has received international acclaim for her research on road traffic injuries, child and youth injury, disability, high-quality equitable trauma care and rehabilitation outcomes.

Barry Pless received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Parachute and the Canadian Red Cross at the Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference. The notice reads: “Dr. I. Barry …

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