Violence and Injury Prevention

World Report on Child Injury Prevention

Every year, around 830 000 children die from unintentional or "accidental" injuries. The vast majority of these injuries occur in low-income and middle-income countries. However, dozens of prevention strategies and programmes exist. If they were integrated into other child survival programmes and implemented on a larger scale, many of these deaths and much of the injury-related disability could be prevented. Improved health services could also go a long way in reducing the consequences of these injuries.

To draw attention to this important public health problem and the possible solutions, WHO and UNICEF have produced this World report on child injury prevention with support from many experts. The report documents the magnitude, risks and prevention measures for child injuries globally –particularly for drowning, burns, road traffic injuries, falls and poisoning. The report makes seven concrete recommendations for policy-makers to improve child injury prevention. This new document is an important policy and advocacy tool for raising attention the issue and guiding action around the world.

Full report

World report
European report


The summary of the report contains the main messages and recommendations and a set of fact sheets.


This World Report on Child Injury Prevention consists of following chapters:

Cover and front matter


Chapter 1: Child injuries in context

Chapter 2: Road traffic injuries

Chapter 3: Drowning

Chapter 4: Burns

Chapter 5: Falls

Chapter 6: Poisoning

Chapter 7: Recommendations

Statistical annexes

PowerPoint on the report

PowerPoint presentation [ppt 10Mb]

PDF of presentation [pdf 840kb]

Related links

World report on child injury prevention homepage