It might come as a surprise, but each year, injuries and violence account for more than 5 million deaths worldwide—causing as many deaths as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
For young people ages 15–29, road traffic injuries, suicides, homicides, drownings, burns, war injuries, poisonings, and falls are among the leading causes of death.
“Injuries are a major global public health problem that has largely been overlooked,” writes Etienne Krug, M.D., of the World Health Organization (WHO). “Many countries do not have the experts needed to address the issues.”
Health professionals around the world are using a new online course developed by EDC called TEACH-VIP E-Learning to build their skills in preventing injuries and violence.
“Knowledge about how to prevent injuries and violence is vital,” says EDC’s Carmen Aldinger, who directed the development of the course. “This online course fills an important need.”
Based on a comprehensive curriculum created by WHO, the course is designed for public health professionals; health care providers; staff of public health ministries and nongovernmental organizations; and students and faculty at schools of medicine, nursing, and public health.
Originally published on April 14, 2010