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Injuries and inequities - Guidance for addressing inequities in unintentional injuries

Creator:

World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for Europe

Subject Keywords: Accidental injuries
Topic: Health Inequalities
Injury
Health Inequalities
Type: Guideline
Region: Europe
Description:

This policy guidance aims to support national, regional and local policy-makers in Europe to prepare, implement and follow up policy actions and interventions to reduce inequities in unintentional injuries. Unintentional injuries, including road traffic injuries, falls, burns, drownings and poisonings still constitute a major public health problem, killing almost half a million people in the WHO European Region each year and causing many more cases of disability. The burden of unintentional injuries is unevenly distributed in the WHO European Region. Steep social gradients for death and morbidity exist across and within countries. Reducing health inequities is a key strategic objective of Health 2020 – the European policy framework for health and well-being endorsed by the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region in 2012. This guide seeks to assist European policy-makers in contributing to achieving the objectives of Health 2020 in a practical way. It draws on key evidence, including from the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region. It sets out options and practical methods to reduce the level and unequal distribution of unintentional injuries in Europe, through approaches that address the social determinants of unintended injuries and the related health, social and economic consequences.

Date:

15/04/2014

Rights: © WHO
Suggested citation:

World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for Europe. (2014) Injuries and inequities - Guidance for addressing inequities in unintentional injuries [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/762643 [Accessed: 21st September 2019].

  

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