Two Thousand Children die every day

December 11th, 2008 - 12:30 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

United Nations LogoAccording to the United Nations resport more than two thousand children die every day because of accidents, with most of them killed in road crashes.

Every year, 830,000 children aged up to 19 years are killed by accidents, with road accidents claiming some 260,000 of these lives, while 175,000 others drown. Deaths from burns number 96,000, falls 46,000 and poisoning another 45,000, according to the first global report on the issue by the World Health Organisation and the UN children’s agency Unicef.

95 per cent of the victims count amongst poor. At 19.9 for every thousand deaths, Africa has the most road victims.

Western Pacific and South-east Asia record the most drowning cases, at 27.4 per 1,000 and 12.3 per 1,000 respectively. Deaths from burns also occur most often in South-east Asia and in the Middle East.

The report highlighted the cost of injuries to governments, noting that prevention methods lead to substantial reductions in health-care costs.

For instance, US$1 invested in a smoke detector could help to save US$65 (S$97) in costs to the economy, while US$1 spent on bicycle helmets translates to US$29 in savings.

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