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A call for global attention
Injuries are currently a leading cause of death and disability in the world and account for more than five million deaths each year.1 A large majority of these deaths occur in low and middle income countries, where 90% of the world’s population resides and where injury prevention is an emerging field.2 Globally, injuries (intentional and unintentional) are among the 10 leading causes of death and disease burden in the 0–4, 5–14, and 15–29 year age groups. Despite the magnitude of this burden, it is surprising to note the relative lack of global attention to childhood injuries in terms of both public policies and resource investments.
This issue of Injury Prevention plays its part in highlighting the importance of childhood injuries with the publication of three papers from two developed countries. The papers provide a valuable mix of both methodological and content information on specific types of unintentional childhood injuries with important lessons for prevention. Istre et al describe the ability of small area …