South East European injury experts meet to discuss better data for injury prevention on 21-22 October 2014 in Budva, Montenegro


24 main stakeholders gathered at the second South East European (SEE) sub regional workshop on building capacity for injury surveillance for prevention, hosted by WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health of Montenegro. The meeting was opened by Professor Miodrag Radunović, Minister of Health, followed by Mr Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, Ambassador of Norway in Montenegro, and Ms Mina Brajovic, Head of WHO Country Office.

Professor Radunović stressed the commitment of the Ministry of Health to establish the injury surveillance system and the need for a multidisciplinary response to address violence and injuries on the national level. Dr Sethi presented recent developments in the Region in injury surveillance and emphasized the importance of continued improvements in ICD10 external cause coding for mortality, hospital admission and emergency department attendances which were critical for prioritizing and monitoring of injury prevention programmes.

The final results of the Joint Action on Monitoring Injuries in Europe (JAMIE) project were presented by Dr Rupert Kisser. A minimum data set on injuries with information on intent, mechanism, place and activity was progressively  collected by 26 countries. 20 countries, involved in this project funded by the European Commission, were also collecting an extended data set. 

Professor Johan Lund from the Norwegian Directorate of Health shared the opportunities and challenges experienced in the Norwegian surveillance system. National focal points from 9 Member States presented progress made since 2013. It was noted that many countries were on the cusp of collecting a minimal data set for injuries with the greatest achievements being shown in Serbia, Macedonia and Albania. The challenges faced by Safe Community Novi Sad, Serbia, were presented by Professor Mirjana Milankov, who had to collate information using paper forms in order to advocate for injuries and monitor progress.

The European Child Maltreatment Prevention Action Plan was presented and participants discussed possibilities of using the minimum data set from emergency department injury surveillance systems for monitoring progress.  

The following areas were prioritized for future actions:

  • Use of Health 2020 as a policy leverage,
  • Making links within the SEE Health Network,
  • Advocating for improved injury surveillance for prevention, and
  • Strengthening national capacity of health professionals  in this area.