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Every day around the world the lives of more than 2000 families are torn apart by the loss of a child to an unintentional injury. Once a child is 9 years old, road traffic injuries, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning together pose the biggest threat to his or her survival. Implementing proven injury prevention interventions could save more than 1000 young lives a day.

The facts about child injuries

  • Approximately 830 000 children under 18 years die every year as a result of an unintentional injury.
  • Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children over 9 years.
  • Road traffic injuries and drowning account for nearly half of all unintentional child injuries.
  • Tens of millions of children require hospital care every year for non-fatal injuries.
  • Road traffic injuries and falls are the main causes of injury-related child disabilities.
  • 95% of child injuries occur in low-income and middle-income countries.
  • Child injuries remain a problem in high-income countries, accounting for 40% of all child deaths.



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