Injuries kill over 20 000 children a year in developed countries
- By: Jason O'Neale Roach
Injury accounts for almost 40% of annual deaths in children aged 1 to 14 in the world's most developed nations, says a new report by Unicef released this week.
Traffic accidents, intentional injuries, drowning, falls, fires, poisonings, and other hazards kill more than 20 000 children aged under 15 every year. This makes preventable injuries the principal cause of child death in developed nations.
Peter Adamson, one of the report's authors, said: “Over 500 children, anonymous to most of us, died from accidents this year [in the United Kingdom], but their families are just as bereaved as those of high profile murder cases.” Deaths from traffic accidents account for 41% of all child deaths from injury, and boys are 70% more likely to die from injury than girls.
The report presents a standardised league table of child injury deaths per 100 000 children between 1991 and 1995 for nations in