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PW 0940 Epidemiology of non-fatal injuries among community members of mbarara municipality, uganda
  1. Rebecca Nuwematsiko1,
  2. Angela Kisakye1,
  3. David Musoke1,
  4. Frederick Oporia1,
  5. Nino Paichadze2,
  6. George Pariyo2,
  7. Abdulgafoor Bachani2,
  8. Olive Kobusingye1,
  9. Kenneth Mugwanya1,
  10. John Ssempebwa1
  1. 1Makerere University, School of Public health, Kampala Uganda
  2. 2Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public health, Baltimore USA


The burden of injuries in Uganda is poorly quantified with most of the data reported being facility-based and fatal driven. Fatal injuries only represent a small portion of the problem; many non-fatal injuries remain unreported in the communities. This study assessed the prevalence of non-fatal injuries and associated factors among community members of Mbarara municipality, Western Uganda.

Between May-June 2017 we conducted a cross-sectional survey among 966 household members. The most recent non-fatal injury (within a six months recall period) that led to the loss of at least one day from normal activity was the non-fatal injury considered for this study. Descriptive statistical analysis was done to estimate the counts and frequencies of non-fatal injuries by socio-demographic and injury characteristics. Modified Poisson regression model was used to determine factors associated with non-fatal injuries.

The prevalence of non-fatal injuries among community members was 18.2% with 92% of the injuries being unintentional. Falls (27.3%) were the most common cause of injury followed by road traffic injuries (26.7%). Age (16–25 years) (Adj.PR=0.60 95% CI: 0.37, 0.99), urban residency (Adj.PR=1.50, 95% CI: 1.13, 1.99), non-area tribe, (Adj.PR=2.35, 95% CI: 1.60, 3.46), and being a casual laborer (Adj.PR=2.10, 95% CI: 1.17, 3.77) were independently associated with non-fatal injury.

The prevalence of non-fatal injuries in the past six months was high in Mbarara Municipality; this was largely as a result of falls and affecting casual laborers. Therefore more effort is needed to reduce non-fatal injuries such as those resulting from falls in the communities so as to improve the quality of life.

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