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EPHA is developing a new project on prevention of injuries in children and youth that provides evidence based information for policy and strategy (29 March 2011, Addis Ababa)

According to the World Health Organization, unintentional injuries were responsible for over 3.9 million deaths and over 138 million disability-adjusted life-years in 2004, with over 90% of those occurring in low- and middle-income countries.  Road crashes are the ninth single biggest cause of death globally killing 1.2 million people annually, WHO revealed. “This could rise to 2.4 million by 2020, with 85% of this increase being in low- and middle-income countries,” WHO estimated.

A study conducted here in the metropolis showed that out of 1,044,025 patients seen at the out-patient wards of public health facilities under the health bureau of the Addis Ababa city administration during the twelve months between July 2005 and June 2006, 40,752 (3.9%) consultations were for both intentional and unintentional injuries.

According to a 2006 report of WHO, road traffic fatalities for Ethiopia were 2517 (78% males, 22% females) showing an increase from its magnitude in 1996.  During its 20th annual conference EPHA deliberated a one -day long meeting on the magnitude of Road Traffic Injuries, current efforts and the way forward. Following the meeting, the participants forwarded a resolution for improving the situation of Road Traffic Injuries in Ethiopia.

In line with this, the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) in collaboration with a Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is developing a new project on Injury Prevention in Ethiopia.

Ato Shewandagn Belete, Injury Prevention Officer of the Association, remarked that the project focuses on research, training, capacity building, pilot activities, IEC and scientific conferences, policy and advocacy.The project is crucial for developing a joint national plan for injury prevention, Ato Shewandagn added.

“Strengthening networking among key stakeholders working in the area of injury prevention is of paramount importance,” Ato Shewandagn empesised, adding that the project will strengthen the already initiated  multi-sectoral injury prevention interventions in selected regions of the country and ensure their sustainability. Very recently, the CPHA representative, Dr Violette payed a one- day visit to EPHA to hold discussions with EPHA senior officials on the designing of the project on injury prevention.Dr Violette also discussed with EPHA senior officials on strengthening the bilateral ties between CPHA and EPHA.

In a similar development Dr Violette expressed that CPHA is willing to support the EPHA to successfully host the 13th World Congress on public health.