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UNICEF Advisory (11.12.09 Injuries)

UNICEF Advisory (11.12.09 Injuries)

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UNICEF Supports Country Launch of Global Report on Child Injury, 11.12.09
UNICEF Supports Country Launch of Global Report on Child Injury, 11.12.09

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Published by: UNICEF Uganda on Dec 21, 2009
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UNICEF SUPPORTS COUNTRY LAUNCH OF GLOBAL REPORT ON CHILDINJURY 
WHO:
Representatives of Ministry of Health, Injury Control Center-Uganda (ICC-U), World Health
 
Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
WHAT:National launch o
World Report on Child Injury Prevention
WHEN:
Friday, 11 December 2009 / 16.00 – 18.30hrs
WHERE:
Fairway Hotel, Kampala
WHY:
According to the ICC-U, child injuries constitute approximately 28% of all injuries seen inhospitals in Uganda, with most of them unintentional, accidental and preventable.Boys (65%) are more injured than girls. In the past decade, injuries from trafficaccidents, falls and burns have significantly outnumbered poisoning, drowning andviolence. The 15-29 years age bracket has been the most affected by road trafficinjuries. Scalds have been the most common form of burn injuries affectingchildren under age 5. Over 50% of all injuries among children occur in the home,followed by the road and schools.Between January and September this year, road traffic accidents were responsiblefor 1,155 child injuries and 340 child deaths (an average 9 children dying on theroad every week). The
World Report on Child Injury Prevention
is the first global report to addressunintentional or accidental child injuries. The report was produced with thesupport of WHO and UNICEF, and complements the UN Secretary-General’s studyon violence against children (2006). Both reports suggest that child injury andviolence prevention is a neglected public health issue which needs to be urgentlyaddressed. The
World Report on Child Injury Prevention
is backed by the landmark Conventionon the Rights of the Child (CRC), also ratified by Uganda, which states that allchildren have a right to a safe environment and to protection from harm/injury andabuse/violence.
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 About UNICEF in Uganda:
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the
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