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Out of the silos: embedding injury prevention into the Sustainable Development Goals
  1. Tracey Ma1,2,
  2. Amy E Peden1,2,
  3. Margaret Peden1,3,
  4. Adnan A Hyder4,
  5. Jagnoor Jagnoor2,
  6. Leilei Duan5,
  7. Julie Brown2,6,
  8. Jonathon Passmore7,
  9. Kathleen Clapham8,
  10. Maoyi Tian2,9,
  11. A K M Fazlur Rahman10,11,
  12. Rebecca Q Ivers1,2
  1. 1School of Population Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3The George Institute for Global Health, Imperial College London, London, UK
  4. 4Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
  5. 5National Center for Chronic and Noncommunicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China
  6. 6Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  7. 7World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
  8. 8Ngarruwan Ngadju First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre, Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  9. 9The George Institute for Global Health, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China
  10. 10The Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  11. 11Bangladesh University of Health Sciences, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  1. Correspondence to Professor Rebecca Q Ivers, School of Population Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; rebecca.ivers{at}


Globally, unintentional injuries contribute significantly to disability and death. Prevention efforts have traditionally focused on individual injury mechanisms and their specific risk factors, which has resulted in slow progress in reducing the burden. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a global agenda for promoting human prosperity while respecting planetary boundaries. While injury prevention is currently only recognised in the SDG agenda via two road safety targets, the relevance of the SDGs for injury prevention is much broader. In this State of the Art Review, we illustrate how unintentional injury prevention efforts can be advanced substantially within a broad range of SDG goals and advocate for the integration of safety considerations across all sectors and stakeholders. This review uncovers injury prevention opportunities within broader global priorities such as urbanisation, population shifts, water safeguarding and corporate social responsibility. We demonstrate the relevance of injury prevention efforts to the SDG agenda beyond the health goal (SDG 3) and the two specific road safety targets (SDG 3.6 and SDG 11.2), highlighting 13 additional SDGs of relevance. We argue that all involved in injury prevention are at a critical juncture where we can continue with the status quo and expect to see more of the same, or mobilise the global community in an ‘Injury Prevention in All Policies’ approach.

  • disability
  • risk/determinants
  • public health
  • advocacy
  • policy
  • safe community
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  • Contributors RQI conceptualised this study. TM, AEP and RQI drafted the study. TM created the data visualisation. MP, AAH, JJ, LD, JB, JP, KC, MT and AKMFR provided critical revision of the manuscript. All authors approved the submitted version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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