WHO holds policy dialogue on child injury prevention in Dushanbe on 26 August 2014

18 stakeholders from different sectors met at the policy dialogue on child injury prevention hosted by WHO/Europe and Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Tajikistan. The meeting was opened by Deputy Minister of Health Dr Navruz Jaffarov and the Head of Country Office Dr Pavel Ursu. Dr Sethi from WHO/Europe presented the burden of childhood injuries in the European region and emphasised the renewed opportunities for prevention by embedding this within the Health 2020 policy framework for Europe.

Dr Abduvali Razakov,  chief traumatologist for Tajikistan described the situation in the country where the leading causes of injury death in children under 15 years were in order drowning, road traffic injury, poisoning, burns and falls. Whereas much action was being taken to reduce the burden from road crashes, little had been done in the other areas, in particular in prevention of drowning. One of the problems is the lack of surveillance information and an appropriate action plan.

The meeting made recommendations for consideration by the Ministry of Health and other ministries, which included

  • improving injury surveillance information and the sharing of this information between sectors and
  • developing an action plan for child injury prevention which would be embedded in the child and adolescent health strategy currently being developed for implementation in 2015.