Road Traffic Injury (RTI) constitutes the leading cause of deaths and disabilities for individuals aged 5–29 years globally. Lebanon suffers from a high toll of road injury mortality and morbidity, though accurate and reliable RTI data are limited. Researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, and the Faculty of Medicine from the Lebanese American University (LAU), conducted a new study entitled “Child transport injuries and deaths in Lebanon: a multicentre retrospective study".
Funded by “Save the Children", and led by FHS professor Samar Al-Hajj, the study aims to assess the prevalence and the characteristics of child road injuries and deaths in Lebanon and to determine their outcomes and associated risk factors.
Findings from this study clearly demonstrate that child road injury is a major public health problem in Lebanon with a high injury and death burden. The study urges policymakers and health professionals to implement evidence-based child road safety policies and promote behavioral change programs to reduce child transport injuries and deaths.
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