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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1128; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14101128

Worsening Inequalities in Child Injury Deaths in the WHO European Region

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WHO Regional Office for Europe, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-Course, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
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WHO Regional Office for Europe, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-Course, WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD Office), 125009 Moscow, Russia
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Received: 8 August 2017 / Revised: 2 September 2017 / Accepted: 19 September 2017 / Published: 26 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child Injury Prevention 2017)
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This article compares the mortality data for injuries in children aged 0–14 years in the World Health Organization WHO European region as estimated by the WHO Global Health Estimates for 2000 and 2015. While the region has seen a decline in child mortality due to injuries over the years, inequality persists between the low- and middle-income countries and high-income countries in the region. The gap in child mortality due to unintentional injuries has widened over the years between these two socioeconomic regions, particularly in terms of road injuries. In contrast, mortality rate ratios due to intentional injuries have narrowed between 2000 and 2015. The low- and middle-income countries need to scale up their efforts in injury prevention by adopting stricter regulations and higher safety practices to narrow the East-West gap in unintentional injuries. View Full-Text
Keywords: children; injury; inequality; Europe children; injury; inequality; Europe
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Sethi, D.; Aldridge, E.; Rakovac, I.; Makhija, A. Worsening Inequalities in Child Injury Deaths in the WHO European Region. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1128.

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