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Facts for Life

Injury prevention

Why it is important to share and act on this information


Every year, nearly 1 million children die from injuries. Tens of millions more require hospital care for non-fatal injuries. Many are left with permanent disabilities or brain damage.

Injuries affect children of all ages. Girls and boys under 5 years of age are at particular risk. More boys than girls die from injuries.

The most common injuries are traffic injuries, non-fatal drowning (sometimes referred to as near drowning), burns, falls and poisoning.

Traffic injuries and drowning are the leading causes of injury-related death.

The most common place for young children to be injured is in or around their homes.

Almost all injuries can be prevented.

Families, communities and governments have an obligation to ensure children's right to live in a safe environment and be protected from injury.