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Injury time in Europe

21st July 2006

Injuries are an overlooked public health problem, particularly in the low and middle income countries of eastern Europe, where injury rates are among the highest in the world, says the WHO.

A report blames rapid social change for the growing death toll and urges governments to put the safety of their populations much higher up the political agenda. Overall, injuries rank third among the leading causes of death in the WHO European region but people in low and middle income countries are 3.6 times more likely to die from injuries than their richer counterparts.




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