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  1. Dinesh Mohan, Coordinator, Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme, Head, WHO Collaborating Centre
  1. Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi 110016, India

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Morbidity and mortality due to injuries have been officially recognised as significant public health problems in the high income countries (HICs). However, this is not true for the low income countries (LICs). This lack of recognition is assumed by many to be because of an absence of data regarding injuries and because of the prevalence of a “fatalistic attitude” in the population of these countries. Both these assumptions are probably wrong. If you examine the contents of newspapers in LICs, deaths due to injuries are clearly given a great deal of importance by the public and officials and these newspapers carry frequent editorials regarding the lack of safety in their respective societies. These newspapers also report the concern that citizens …

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