A report, entitled Injuries and Violence – The Facts released by the World Health Organization in 2014 highlights that more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, worldwide. Furthermore, injuries account for 9% of the world’s deaths, which equates to nearly 1.7 times the number of fatalities that result from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.
The report provides statistics and figures on the global impact of injuries, such as road traffic crashes, burns, drowning, falls, and poisonings, among other causes. It also provides insight on certain groups worldwide which are more vulnerable to injury than others, including youth, males and individuals residing in low- and middle-income European countries.
There are a broad range of strategies based on sound scientific evidence that have been shown to be effective and cost-effective at reducing injuries, which the report outlines in detail. Also included is information on steps for implementation of injury prevention interventions.