Alliance presents at World Public Health Conference


Enhance overall child health through addressing childhood injuries.

Child injury prevention was highlighted at the World Public Health Conference April 27 to May 1 in Istanbul, in the session Reducing Injuries and Violence through Community Action to address Determinants of Health. Joanne Vincenten, ECSA Director, brought forward the discussion points that communities and countries could enhance overall child health through the use of cross cutting and multi-sectoral approaches when addressing childhood injuries. "Resources are limited and we need to make the most of all of our efforts, therefore it is critical to find good solutions that solve multiple problems", said Joanne Vincenten. Addressing child injury prevention in a comprehensive way with all related stakeholders is essential. For example improving child road safety can also provide benefits to improving physical activity, reducing obesity and have positive impacts on the environment, if more children can safely walk or bicycle to school. Multiple benefit examples were also provided for water safety, burns and scalds prevention. Participants agreed that working across many sectors in partnership was critical to achieve greater health for the public and deal with issues of inequity and child safety can provide such opportunities due to its cross cutting nature.

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