Safety from injuries
Childhood accidents and injuries, both intentional and unintentional, can lead to permanent disability, brain damage and worse, death.
The most common injuries are caused by falls, burns, drowning and road accidents. Sadly, most of these injuries happen in or near the home. And almost all can be prevented.
In industrialised countries, a concerted, collective effort to tackle the problem of child injury saves the lives of many children.
Child Injury Database
In 2008, UNCEF is working with the Ministry of Health to develop a Child Injury Database to capture information about the incidence of intentional violence and injury to children, as recommended by the report of the former Secretary General on 'Violence against Children'. It will also reflect information about the safety of children, including issues of neglect.
The database is designed to incorporate information on the social status of families, including employment and income status, as well as the correlation between poor social protection, inappropriate parenting and children's physical safety.