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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 2. No. 2, 1997

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 1997;2:165

Special Report

Prevention of Childhood Injuries: Intentional and Unintentional

IPA/WHO/UNICEF/HKPS Pre-Congress Workshop

Summary and Recommendations
IPA/WHO/UNICEF/HKPS Pre-Congress Workshop
March 22-23, 1997

The workshop subjects were Home Safety, Road Safety, Playground and Outdoor Safety, Physical Abuse, Neglect, Emotional Abuse and Sexual Abuse.

1. The virtue of resolutions / declarations from such pre-Congress workshops was that individuals could, and should, take back to their pediatric societies throughout the world such resolutions and declarations, the societies then being able to advise and pressure appropriate legislators and government ministries to enact them.

2. The frequency of all injuries, throughout the world, is a common problem. Basically, for children it is a paediatric responsibility. It was emphasized that "injuries" no "accidents", is the appropriate words.

3. The spectrum between "intentional" and "unintentional' can be very blurred, particularly in the middle ground of the spectrum.

4. The role of the paediatrician is clear, in the childhood injury field, so in their thinking it is important to recognize more "child health" aspects above traditional, more academic - clinical specialization.

5. Paediatric societies should be encouraged to form injury groups with emphasis on recognition and prevention.

6. IPA should promote courses for paediatricians on recognition, handling and prevention of injuries, particularly for physical and sexual abuse.

7. A major cause of neglect in children was failure of immunization programs. Apathy of parents and lack of incentives for paediatricians need IPA attention and appropriate stimulation.

8. WHO is in the process of completing a protocol on physical abuse. A strong request is made from IPA to include sexual abuse in such a protocol.

9. APSSEAR will promote the creation of visiting fellowships to developing countries to encourage and help towards prevention of all childhood injuries.

10. The revival of a home visiting program, now rare, is a useful service to prevent injuries of all kinds.

11. Legislation is a key to so many aspects of childhood injury handling and prevention, and this IPA and paediatric societies must work hard towards cooperating, coordinating, advising, appropriate branches of government.


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