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10 facts on adolescent health

A group of girls and boys sitting on a wall behind a scooter, Vietnam.
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Injuries and road safety

Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in adolescents; and road traffic injuries, drowning and burns are the most common types. Injury rates among adolescents are highest in developing countries, and within countries, they are more likely to occur among adolescents from poorer families. Community actions to promote road safety (including the passing of safety laws that are well enforced) and public education targeted to young people on how to avoid drowning, burns and falls can reduce injuries.

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