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Unfallchirurg. 2010 May;113(5):373-7. doi: 10.1007/s00113-010-1777-9.

[Road traffic crashes in developing countries].

[Article in German]

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Abt. Unfall- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Unfallforschung Greifswald, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universit├Ąt Greifswald, Sauerbruchstrasse, 17475, Greifswald.


Road traffic crashes pose a major threat to individuals and national health systems. Developing countries account for 48% of motorized vehicles, but for 91% of the 1.3 million fatalities per annum. While ranked ninth among the causes of disabilities adjusted life years lost in 2004, crash injuries are projected to rise to third position by 2030. This article reviews current prognoses of deaths and disabilities, the characteristics of crashes in low and middle income countries and evidence-based road safety interventions. This article is considered a wake-up call for trauma, orthopaedic, and emergency surgeons in high-income countries to join the global community in fighting the neglected yet potentially curable epidemic named road traffic injuries.

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