Moves to reduce numbers of children killed in accidents agreed by UN health chiefs

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Around 830,000 children are killed in accidents every year, according to the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO).

The World Health Assembly today discussed the issue, and approved a resolution to boost safety measures in countries around the world, in an attempt to reduce the numbers of deaths.

Dr David Meddings, from the WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, says accidental injuries are the leading cause of death in children over the age of five.

"In the experience of high-income countries, child injury mortality rates have dropped dramatically – and they have dropped for you know, some very very basic reasons. We've adopted cultures of safety within high-income settings, we've implemented legislation and standards, we've put in place, you know, specific injury prevention policies and practices which have resulted in these gains, and there's absolutely no reason why those benefits can't be adapted and programmed into child survival programming within lower and middle income settings."

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the WHO. Today is the last day of its annual meeting in Geneva, which started last week.

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