Injury Prevention and Environmental Health

Injury Prevention and Environmental Health

  • There is a large burden of death and disability from injuries and environmental health conditions. Worldwide, injuries result in more than 5 million premature deaths per year out of a global total of 56 million deaths (based on widely used estimates).
  • Risk factors for deaths from these diseases vary with stages of national development in ways that can be understood and used in designing prevention strategies.
  • A range of interventions could effectively address these problems; many of these interventions are among the most cost-effective and cost-beneficial of all interventions used to prevent disease.
  • This chapter synthesizes the volume’s prevention strategies to identify an effective essential package of interventions and policies, most of which have been inadequately applied on a global scale.

"This volume of Disease Control Priorities, provides an excellent evidence-based guide to policy makers on the approaches and rational choice of interventions to address this challenge. Many of the interventions included in the volume are among the most cost-effective interventions in public health and can make a substantial impact on reducing the health and socioeconomic burden due to injuries, particularly in LMICs. Yet, current progress is too slow. As highlighted in this volume and documented in the Global Status Report, implementation of the key public health measures is disappointingly low. Countries, particularly LMICs, need to do more."

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Global Mortality from Injuries



 Source: WHO (World Health Organization). 2014. Global Health Estimates 2014. Geneva: WHO.

Climate Change Health Risks




Conceptual Diagram of the Health Risks of Climate Change

  Source: Smith, K. R., A. Woodward, D. Campbell-Lendrum, D. D. Chadee, Y. Honda, and others. 2014. “Human Health: Impacts, Adaptation, and Co-Benefits.” In Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability; Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, edited by C. B. Field, V. R. Barros, D. J. Dokken, K. J. Mach, M. D. Mastrandrea, and others. New York: Cambridge University Press.

News and Events

The University of Washington Department of Global Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) hosted a one-day event focused on what a changing climate means for public health on Friday, January 27. Topics discussed included heat, under nutrition, infectious diseases, severe...
On Monday, February 22 in Sharjah, UAE, DCP3 and WHO - EMRO hosted a policy forum on road traffic injury and trauma care, which brought together policymakers and experts on road safety and trauma care to gain policy insights and perspectives to enhance the relevance and usability of the DCP3 volume...
University of Washington professor of global health and DCP3 chapter author Dr. Kristie Ebi has attended United Nations climate-change conferences, and the agreement reached at the Paris conference in December, she said, was nothing short of monumental.

Volume Editors

Charles Mock

Charles Mock
University of Washington Department of Global Health

Kirk Smith

Kirk Smith
University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health

Brie Adderley

Volume Coordinator
Brie Adderley
University of Washington, Dept. of Global Health