Violence and Injury Prevention

WHO launches plan of action to prevent child and adolescent injuries

24 March 2006

WHO is building its response to the problem of child and adolescent injuries, which is responsible for approximately 900,000 deaths a year among children and adolescents under 18 years of age. Injury prevention is the focus of Child and adolescent injury prevention: a WHO plan of action which was launched during the 8th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, in Durban, South Africa in April 2006.

The Plan of Action sets out WHO's focus for ten years with action outlined in the areas of data, research, prevention, services for those affected by injury, building capacity in countries, and advocacy. The plan forms part of a stream of work, conducted with WHO partners, that began in 2005 and includes the World report on child injury prevention, which was jointly published with UNICEF in 2008.

A major challenge of this effort is to ensure that the great success in reducing child injury in some parts of the world is transferred across the globe, especially to low- and middle-income countries, where 95% of the injury deaths occur.