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Am J Public Health. 2005 Jan;95(1):13-7.

Addressing the growing burden of trauma and injury in low- and middle-income countries.

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Division of Advanced Studies and Policy Analysis, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, 16 Center Drive, Room 202, Bethesda, MD 20892-6705, USA.


Low- and middle-income countries suffer disproportionately from reduced life expectancy and quality of life. Injuries are overlooked as contributors to global inequities in health, yet the long-term disabilities they frequently produce represent a significant burden. The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health convened a panel of experts in trauma and injury from the United States and low- and middle-income nations to identify research gaps in this area and opportunities to create new knowledge. Panel members identified sustainable programs of research established through stable linkages between institutions in high-income nations and those in low- and middle-income nations as a priority. The resulting benefits of addressing the growing burden of trauma and injury to communities in resource-constrained settings around the world would be substantial.

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