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WHO/Unicef World Report on child injury is ‘a wake up call’

19 December 2008

The World Report on child injury prevention, published by the World Health Organization and Unicef, has been described as a ‘wake up call on child road deaths’ by Lord Robertson, chairman of the Make Roads Safe campaign.

The new report, which pulls together the most comprehensive range of available data on all types of childhood injury, was launched at an event in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 10th December – it finds that road crashes are the leading cause of child injury, with 260,000 children (up to the age of 18) killed on the world’s roads every year, and another 10 million injured.