The global impact of injury is overwhelming-how do we stop the tide?
Traumatic injury is responsible for a major proportion of death and disability globally, and a socioeconomic differential applies to both incidence and care. Poor people worldwide are more likely to be injured, and to also receive sub-standard or no care. Health care costs for injury can plunge disadvantaged families deep into poverty. Finding ways to better prevent and manage traumatic injury is a major challenge across Asia. Strategies range from Government legislation around urban planning and road safety, laws to improve occupational safety and consumer products to cost effective health care and health insurance for the vulnerable.