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Why a decade of road traffic safety?

We are pleased to share with you a recent publication in Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. This publication is entitled "Why a decade of road traffic safety?".

Find the abstract below and here to access the full-version of the article.

Johal H, Schemitsch EH, Bhandari M.Why a decade of road traffic safety? J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Jun;28 Suppl 1:S8-S10.


Each year, 1.24 million people die as a result of road traffic collisions around the world, and millions more are left to suffer the resultant disabilities of their nonfatal typically musculoskeletal injuries. The most productive members of society are the ones affected the most, and the subsequent economic impact cannot be ignored. Reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with road traffic injuries will reduce suffering and increase available resources that can be used more effectively. Road traffic injuries are preventable, and the impact of those that do occur can be mitigated. Adequate national and global funding, strategy, and measurable targets are fundamental to a sustainable response to road safety. Over the last decade, the United Nations and World Health Organization have been part of the gaining momentum toward addressing this issue, through resolutions and coordinating global efforts. This is what brought about the "Decade of Action for Road Traffic Safety," and as orthopaedic surgeons, our involvement is key for the collaborative public health response toward this effort.


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