Four in 10 deaths among young people worldwide from injuries, study findsBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3742 (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3742
- Zosia Kmietowicz
- 1 London
The first study into global deaths among 10-24 years olds has found that 2.6 million children and young people died in 2004, two in five of them from injuries and violence (Lancet 2009,374:881-92, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60741-8). The findings call into question the focus of worldwide child health policies, which prioritise HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality, say the authors .
Most deaths (2.56 million or 97%) among children and young people occurred in poor and middle income countries, two thirds of them (1.67 million) in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia, despite these regions containing just 42% of the juvenile population, the study found. High income countries had only 3% of the deaths, despite having 11% of the population in the age range studied.
The study found that the risk of dying between the ages …